Arizona Basketball

Unblocked: Koloko named to Naismith Defensive Player of the Year watch list

This will show how far Christian Koloko has come on the court. He was just named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year watch list.

Koloko leads the Pac-12 in total blocked shots (56), which is 28 more than second place. That total also ranks 13th in the country and he needs two more blocks to move into 10th place on the Arizona single-season blocked shots list. His career total of 116 is just one shy of seventh all-time at Arizona and he has the potential to reach the top 5 on the list.

Koloko attempts a block.

The native of Cameroon is a big reason why Arizona leads the country in two-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot 39.7% on 2-point field goals this season.

Offensively, he is averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 63.9% from the floor, the 4th-best percentage of any player in the country, making a candidate for the Most Improved Player in the country.

Information for this story was provided by Arizona’s sports communication office.

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