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Lonzo Ball Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

For the first time, but definitely not the last time.

Wooden Legacy
Ball lead the Bruins over Texas A&M in the Wooden Legacy Finals on Sunday night.
Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Fresh off a double-double effort in a 74-67 victory over Texas A&M to win the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night, UCLA true freshman point guard Lonzo Ball has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Per a release from the conference:

Naismith, Wooden and Cousy Award nominee Lonzo Ball was named MVP of The Wooden Legacy over the weekend, helping UCLA capture its first outright in-season tournament title since 2007.

Ball averaged 15.7 points on 53 percent shooting (17-32), including 52 percent (11-21) behind the arc, along with 9.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals in 31.0 minutes per game in victories over Portland, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

For the season, Ball is currently one of six Bruins averaging double-figure scoring at 16.0 points per game and leads the nation with 9.1 assists per game.

Ball has distinguished himself for his athleticism and his ability as a passer this season. His 28 assists over the three games set a new record mark in the Wooden Legacy. Sunday night’s game was his fourth double-double in seven games so far on the year.

Already the Wooden Legacy MVP, and now a Pac-12 POW honors in the bag, expect this to be just the beginning of a season of accolades—and highlight reel footage—for the freshman PG from Chino Hills.

Ball and the Bruins will host UC Riverside at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night, before a trip to Rupp Arena to take on the #1 Kentucky Wildcats, a rematch of the Bruins’ upset victory over the #1 Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion last year.

Congratulations, Lonzo!