Bear Quartet Named to All-Pac-12 Squads


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By Cal Athletics
Posted Mar 6, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO -Ivan Rabb led the way with an All-Pac-12 First Team honor as four Golden Bears picked up all-conference awards from the league's coaches, the Pac-12 announced Monday.
In addition to Rabb's first team selection, three other Cal student-athletes earned their first all-conference awards. Jabari Bird earned a spot as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, Kingsley Okoroh was voted an All-Defensive honorable mention and Charlie Moore is an All-Freshman honorable mention.

Rabb has been a double-double machine for the Golden Bears, logging 16 by averaging 14.3 points and a league-leading 10.6 rebounds through 28 regular-season appearances. With 28 career double-doubles, he trails only Sean Lampley (30) and Leon Powe (29) for the most career double-doubles by any Cal player in the last 20 seasons.

The Oakland, Calif. product also led Cal in conference play with a 14.1 scoring average, and ranked second among the conference's leaders in both offensive rebounds (3.1 per game) and defensive rebounds (7.6 per game). In Pac-12 play, he notched 11.4 rebounds per game, including five games with 14 or more rebounds and a career-high 20 at then-No. 4 UCLA.

Bird picks up his first all-conference honor on the heels of his best season as a Golden Bear. The senior has upped his offensive production from a then-career-high 10.5 points per game in 2014-15 to 14.2 ppg this year, including a team-best six 20-point games. Bird currently ranks sixth in the Cal record books for career three-pointers made (180) and fourth for three-point attempts (489), and is four triples away from breaking into the top 10 for single-season three-pointers made. He is fourth in the Pac-12 in three-pointers made.

The sole owner of No. 2 among Cal's single-season blocked shots records, Okoroh earned All-Defensive honorable mention status with 64 blocks to date, a number that ranks third in the Pac-12 across regular-season play. He also ranks 13th for offensive rebounds, averaging 2.2 per game.

Moore established himself in the point guard role early on, willing Cal to victory against UC Irvine with a school freshman-record 38 points; a number that still stands as the most by and Pac-12 player this season, and the fourth-highest total by any freshman in conference history. Moore is averaging 12.3 points and has already broken into Cal's top 10 in the freshman records for assists (5th, 110), free throws made (91) and total points (10th, 368).

Oregon's Dillon Brooks was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, and teammate Jordan Bell picked up Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA's Lonzo Ball earned Freshman of the Year and USC's Chimezie Metu was selected as Most Improved. Arizona head coach Sean Miller was voted the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year.

Cal, the No. 5 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, returns to action on Wednesday to face 12th-seeded Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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