Oregon head coach Dana Altman, seniors E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi and freshman Damyean Dotson were honored today by the Pac-12. Altman was awarded his fifth career Coach of the Year award and first with the Ducks. Altman and the Oregon program was picked by the coaches in the preseason to finish 7th and came one game shy of winning the Pac-12.
Altman is the third Ducks coach to win the award, joining former coaches Ernie Kent (2002) and Dick Harter (1977).
Also honored was Oregon’s star forward in Singler who received All-Pac-12 First Team honors. Singler (11.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.9 APG) led the team in points scored and minutes played on the year. The senior from Medford was deserving in every way of the honor and will leave a big hole to be filled. Singler started all four seasons for the Ducks after earning the job mid-way through his freshman season.
The final honoree for the Ducks was senior transfer Kazemi (9.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 2.2 SPG) who was placed on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and All-Conference honorable mention. I was a little surprised Kazemi wasn’t listed as a member of the Pac-12 Second team, but he received praise nonetheless. Kazemi came just shy of averaging a double-double for the season. He ranked third in the conference with his 2.2 steals per game.
Also getting his credit was true freshman Dotson who was placed on the All-Freshmen Team. Dotson (10.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.9 APG) carried much of the workload during point guard Dominic Artis‘ absence. Dotson is the first Duck to receive All-Freshman honors since Tajuan Porter in 2007.