TEMPE, Ariz. — ASU senior center Jordan Bachynski, who set Pac-12 season and career records for blocked shots this year, was named the conference’s defensive player of the year Monday, while sophomore guard Jahii Carson was named to the 10-man All-Pac-12 first team.
Bachynski leads Division I with 131 blocked shots this season and has 312 in his career. His broke his own Pac-12 season record of 120, which he set last year. He also averaged 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Carson is averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds in his second and final season; he has already announced his intention to enter the NBA draft. He was the only player in the league to average at least 17 points and four assists and was a first-team All-Pac-12 player and co-freshman of the year in 2013.
The third-seeded Sun Devils will open Pac-12 tournament play Thursday against the winner of the Stanford-Washington State first-round game Wednesday night.
Senior guard Jermaine Marshall, ASU’s second-leading scorer at 15.4 points a game, was an All-Pac-12 honorable-mention selection.
Seven guards and three forwards were on the Pac-12’s first team, which was chosen by a vote of the league coaches. Bachynski was the only center among the 15 players chosen for first or second team.