Washington junior guard Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma and senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning were named to the 10-member all-Pacific-10 Conference first team Monday, and three Huskies received other league honors.
“If we could have done a better job as a team, (Thomas) could have been in there for player of the year, as well,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Instead, the top individual award went to Derrick Williams of Arizona.
Other individual league honors went to Arizona’s Sean Miller as coach of the year, California guard Allen Crabbe as freshman of the year, USC senior guard Marcus Simmons as defensive player of the year, and Bryan-Amaning as most improved player.
Bryan-Amaning also received honorable mention for the league’s all-defensive team, as did UW senior Justin Holiday.
“It feels good,” Bryan-Amaning said. “I just want to thank everybody, like my teammates and coaching staff: They put me in position to receive it.”
UW shooting guard C.J. Wilcox, who redshirted last season, was named to the all-freshman team; and Terrence Ross was a freshman honorable mention.
“I texted all my family and got congratulated by them,” Wilcox said. “So, it just feels really good. ... I just want to become a more complete and better basketball player. I want to get stronger, work on my ballhandling, work on driving more instead of just being a spot-up shooter. I just want to become an all-round better player.”
Thomas has been part of the all-conference team each of his three seasons.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “But we are trying to win bigger and better things, trying to win a Pac-10 championship.”
The Huskies will begin pursuit of that goal Thursday, when they meet Washington State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Other members of the Pac-10 first team are Williams, Klay Thompson of WSU, Jeremy Green of Stanford, Jorge Gutierrez of California, Tyler Honeycutt, Malcolm Lee and Reeves Nelson of UCLA, and Nikola Vucevic of USC.
Named to the second team were DeAngelo Casto of WSU, Joevan Catron of Oregon, Jared Cunningham of Oregon State, Harper Kamp of Cal and Trent Lockett of Arizona State.
Other members of the freshman team are Crabbe, Anthony Brown of Stanford, Maurice Jones of USC, Dwight Powell of Stanford, and Joshua Smith of UCLA, who is from Kent.
Other members of the defensive team are Casto, Cunningham, Gutierrez, Lee and Simmons.