Predicted All-Pac-12 awards

The Pac-12 regular season comes to an end Saturday, so that means the conference's annual awards will be handed out early next week.

Several UCLA Bruins will be in contention for all-conference honors and other awards. Here's one take on what will happen after the conference coaches submit their ballots:


UCLA contenders: Jordan Adams, Shabazz Muhammad, Larry Drew II , Kyle Anderson, Travis Wear

Predicted selections:

(note: the Pac-12 chooses a 10-player first team and a five-player second team)

First team:

Allen Crabbe (California)

Jahii Carson, (Arizona State)

Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado)

Larry Drew II (UCLA)

Solomon Hill (Arizona)

Arslan Kazemi (Oregon)

Brock Motum (Washington State)

Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)

Dwight Powell (Stanford)

Andre Roberson (Colorado)

Second team:

Kyle Anderson (UCLA)

Justin Cobbs (California)

Carrick Felix (Arizona State)

Mark Lyons (Arizona)

E.J. Singler (Oregon)

Honorable Mention: Jordan Adams (UCLA), Carlos Emory (Oregon), Josh Huestis (Stanford) Roberto Nelson (Oregon State), Chasson Randle (Stanford), J.T. Terrell (USC), Jason Washburn (Utah), Travis Wear (UCLA), C.J. Wilcox (Washington), Royce Woolridge (Washington State).

The skinny: Conference coaches tend to reward the teams that finish high, so expect UCLA and Oregon to get their fair share of selections even if others may be more deserving.


UCLA contenders: Shabazz Muhammad, Larry Drew II

Other contenders: Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Allen Crabbe (California), Andre Roberson (Colorado)

Predicted selection: Crabbe

The skinny: No one player stands out as a sure-fire selection, but Crabbe (18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds) has been the leading scorer most of the season and his team has been the hottest down the stretch.

Carson (17.8 points, 5 assists) deserves some consideration and may, in fact, be the best player in the conference, but will suffer because of his team's finish in the standings. Same goes for Roberson (10.8 points, 11.5 rebounds), who is the only conference player averaging a double-double this season.

Muhammad has been one of the best pure scorers in the league all season, but he has been pretty one-dimensional compared with the other leading candidates. Drew (7.8 assists) has come on strong down the stretch and has been one of the nation's top playmakers and floor generals, but will be overlooked because of his lack of scoring punch (7.3 ppg).


Contenders: Dana Altman (Oregon), Ben Howland (UCLA), Mike Montgomery (California)

Predicted selection: Altman

The skinny: Oregon was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 this season, but the Ducks are on the verge of winning the title and claiming the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament despite playing without point guard Dominic Artis for a month.

Howland deserves some run for handling a lot of early-season turmoil with NCAA investigations and players Joshua Smith and Tyler Lamb transferring out before December. He also got the team to the top with a freshman-laden roster -- no easy feat -- but UCLA was projected to be near the top so the Bruins simply met expectations.

Montgomery's team caught fire in the second half of conference play and he seems to have the team peaking at the right time. He'll be hurt in the vote because preseason projections had the Golden Bears finishing third and, of course, there was the sideline shoving incident of Crabbe on Feb. 18 against USC.


UCLA contenders: Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II

Predicted selections: Carrick Felix (Arizona State), Josh Huestis (Stanford), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), Andre Roberson (Colorado)

The skinny: Adams is tied for the conference lead with 2.1 steals -- numbers impressive enough to get him on this team -- but is simply not a good enough on-ball defender. His instincts, guile and smarts are weapons, but he's routinely beaten off the dribble.

Drew can be very good at pressuring opposing point guards and his 1.5 steals per game are No. 7 in the conference, but he has been too inconsistent on that end of the floor -- sometimes looking very shaky against some of the better guards he has played against.


UCLA contenders: None

Other contenders: Carrick Felix (Arizona State), Andre Roberson (Colorado)

Predicted selection: Roberson

The skinny: Roberson leads the conference in steals (2.3 per game) and leads the nation in defensive rebounding (8.5 per game). He is a good on-ball defender and is eighth in the conference in blocked shots. This vote probably won't be close.


UCLA candidates: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad

Predicted selections: Jordan Adams (UCLA), Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Jordan Loveridge (Utah), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA).

The skinny: UCLA's trio and Carson are no-brainers as they represent the conference's top freshmen in scoring (Muhammad, 18.1; Carson, 17.8; Adams, 15.1), rebounding (Anderson, 9.0) and assists (Carson, 5.0; Anderson 3.6). The fifth spot should go to either Loveridge (11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds) or Oregon's Damyean Dotson (10.8 points).


UCLA candidates: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad

Predicted selection: Muhammad (UCLA)

The skinny: It'll be a close vote between Muhammad and Carson, but Muhammad leads all freshmen in the nation in scoring, his team will finish higher in the standings and he has had some clutch performances in high-profile games. Carson may also lose a few votes from those who don't consider him a "true" freshman because he sat out last season because of academic issues.