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Stanford's Powell, Randle on All-Pac-12 hoop team

 

Stanford's Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 First Team, as Stanford was well-represented with four honorees overall among this year's all-conference basketball award winners.

Stanford's Josh Huestis was tabbed to the five-member All-Defensive Team while teammate Anthony Brown was named the Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Stanford's four all-conference selections are the most since four players also received accolades during the 2010-11 campaign. It's the first time two Cardinal players have been named to the 10-member All-Pac-12 team since the 2005-06 season, when Chris Hernandez and Matt Haryasz were honored. The conference first started recognizing multi-team status (first, second, honorable mention, etc.) in the 2007-08 season.

Powell, who was last year's Most Improved Player, is a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree. Powell is averaging 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while leading the Cardinal in 103 assists (3.4 per game) and 38 steals. He has tallied seven double-doubles while scoring in double figures 23 times. One of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, Powell was also named to the John R. Wooden Award watch list.

Named an all-conference pick for the first time in his career, Randle is performing at a similar level to 2011-12, when he produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history. Randle is averaging a team-high 18.8 points (which also ranks third in the Pac-12) while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the foul line. Randle has also scored in double figures 28 times, matched his career high of 33 points twice and notched 12 20-point games.

Huestis continues to prove why he is one of the Pac-12's premier defensive performers, earning All-Defensive Team accolades for the third consecutive season. Stanford's all-time leading shot-blocker with 179 career swats, Huestis is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game. Huestis has racked up seven double-doubles and stands 39 points shy of 1,000 and one rebound away from 900 for his career.

Brown becomes the second Cardinal player to claim the conference's Most Improved award in as many seasons, following Powell's selection in 2013. He has successfully returned to action after missing all but four games last year due to a hip injury. Reaching double figures in 21 games, Brown is averaging 13.1 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from three-point territory. His slashing, attacking style of play has resulted in an 79.8 percent ledger from the foul line. Brown is also Stanford's best perimeter defender and typically draws the assignment of locking down the opponent's top scorer.

The postseason gets underway on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. as Stanford (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12) squares off against Washington State (10-20, 3-15 Pac-12) in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The winner draws No. 3 seed Arizona State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

— Stanford Athletics

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