Bruin spotlight is on AA today and man he deserves ALL OF IT. As mentioned here yesterday AA is now the fifth different Bruin to be honored as the Pac-10 POY and the first since Ed O received the award in 1995. Coach Howland as expected is gushing about his superstar, who also happened to be his first recruit at UCLA. Dohn’s has the Coach’s reaction in his UCLA report today:
Afflalo scored in double figures the past 29 games, led UCLA in scoring 17 times this season and is the Pac-10's active leading scorer with 1,447points.
Four times Afflalo scored more than 25 points, and arguably his most impressive performance came in a 62-46 win at California on Jan. 26. Afflalo scored 25 points, and also held Bears guard Ayinde Ubaka scoreless.
Anyways, AA on his part his part was gracious and made sure to give due credit to other worthy candidates around the league:
I was thinking about AA’s comments after the Washington game last night. The more I thought about it, his comments reminded me of Ed O’s tirade after the Bruins lost their only home game against Cal early in the season. Ed O ripped into his team-mates (and himself) and even the home crowd, for not "bringing it" so to speak, and he wanted to make sure that never happened again that season. It didn’t.
I remember during couple of instances against the Huskies last Saturday, DC was bringing the ball down the court on fast breaks when he had passing opportunities for easy buckets. He instead decided to take it the hole and came up empty. Those weren’t smart decisions by DC (and to me its understandable (and remarkable) when I consider the fact the kid is only a sophomore and still in midst of his first full year of starting pg of this UCLA team). And I think he won’t make those mistakes again. I do believe AA’s comments will make this team even stronger and encourage them to the play smarter rest of the way. AA’s comments even after winning the award showed what he is focusing right now: