For the first time since 2010, Oregon did not have a player earn first- or second-team all-Pac-12 honors.
Freshman Louis King received honorable mention and all-freshman recognition, and Kenny Wooten made the all-defensive team when the awards were handed out on Monday.
Payton Pritchard was a second-team all-conference pick last season, but did not make the 15-player all-conference list and also missed out after being a candidate for the all-defensive team.
“I was disappointed for him, you only have five players on the all-defense team and Kenny gets all the recognition because of his blocks, but in Payton’s last five games he’s had 15 steals,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “I feel bad for Paul (White) and Payton and Lou because they should have got some (all-conference) consideration, but two weeks ago when everyone was thinking about who they were going to vote for, we were 6-8. Losing teams don’t get many guys on there. We made a late run, but a lot of guys already have their minds made up. If anybody watched Payton against Washington, he was all-conference.”
Oregon has won four straight games to finish sixth in the Pac-12 at 10-8 after being picked as the preseason favorite. That matched UO’s lowest finish since Altman’s first season in 2010-11.
“We’ve had a lot of guys make (all-conference) when we’ve had good years,” Altman said. “When you finish first or second, you get more people on there. Two weeks ago, we didn’t look like we would be in anybody’s conversation so I think a lot of guys lost out because of that. I feel bad because you’d like guys to be recognized and I think our guys are worthy of it, but as you look at the list you can’t take away that other guys had great years too. In the last four games, we have really picked it up and people probably have a different perception of us now than they did two weeks ago.”
The 6-foot-9 King was one of four players to earn honorable mention after averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was one of five players on the all-freshman team and ranked second among freshmen in scoring during conference games at 14.5 points. He scored in double digits in 15-of-18 Pac-12 games.
Wooten made the all-defensive team for the second time after ranking fourth in the league with 1.9 blocked shots per game.
“I was pretty excited about that,” he said. “I’m 2-for-2.”