The Oregon Ducks have taken the Pac 12 regular season title for the first time since the 2001-2002 season, after a 76-66 win over USC yesterday.
Dillon Brooks and Chris Boucher were quiet in the win last night, however have made noise all season long that has put them in consideration for First Team All-Pac-12 honours.
During the regular season the Ducks have had balanced scoring with four players in double digits, and the Canadians on the roster have been instrumental in the teams success throughout 2015-2016.
Mississauga, Ontario native, Dillon Brooks averages a team high 16.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists; whereas Montreal, Quebec’s Chris Boucher pitches in 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.
Elgin Cook and Tyler Dorsey are also well capable of exploding and having big games which makes this team dangerous moving into the tournament.
For Brooks, he should be a lock for First Team All-Pac-12 honours. The 6’6 forward has gone up in every stat category from last season and leads the top team in the conference.
This season he logged a career high 30 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in a 77-66 win over Utah.
His NBA stock has risen this season as he continues to improve his three point shooting and off the dribble abilities.
Since Brooks arrived at Oregon, the team has been on the rise and secured itself as a prime program in the Pac 12.
Depending on whether or not he chooses to enter the NBA Draft this year, if he decides to stay for a junior season, there is potential for Pac-12 Player of the Year next season, which even this year there was rumblings about.
Chris Boucher, came out of Junior College as the NJCAA national player of the year, he was dominant on the glass and rejected a 5 shots per game while averaging 22 points.
In his first year as a Duck, he defensive prowess remains to be a strength, especially as a help side defender. His timing and anticipation make him one of the best defenders in the conference and in America.
For this reason, he is being considered for First Team All-Defensive for the Pac-12.
This season he averages 3.2 swats per game, with his highest in one game being 9 against Arkansas State.
In the quarter final round of the Pac 12 the Ducks will face the winner of Stanford and the University of Washington. Last year the Ducks were crushed by Arizona in the conference tournament, we’ll see what’s in store this year.