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Men's Basketball Announces 2011-12 Team Awards
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 04, 2012
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April 4, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. - Solomon Hill was named the Arizona men's basketball most valuable player as part of the 2011-12 team awards as bestowed by head coach Sean Miller.

A 6-foot-6, 226-pound junior forward from Los Angeles, Calif., Hill averaged 12.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 35 appearances (all starts). He led Arizona in rebounding, field goal percentage (.500/151-of-302) and assists (91), and his three-point field goal percentage (.389/37-of-95) was a career best. He scored in double figures a team-leading 27 times, including three games with 20 or more points, and notched 11 double-doubles.

A 2012 first-team all-Pac-12 honoree and an NABC first-team all-district 20 selection, Hill led the Wildcats in minutes played (32.4 mpg) and has started 78 consecutive games for Arizona.

Alex Jacobson, a 7-foot, 253-pound senior center from Santa Ana, Calif., earned the Mo Udall Captains Award. He averaged 0.3 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in eight appearances.

Kyle Fogg, a 6-foot-3, 188-pound senior guard from Brea, Calif., was named Best Defender and Most Improved Player. He led Arizona in scoring with a 13.5 points per game average in 35 appearances (34 starts), shooting 42.0 percent from the field (140-of-333), 44.4 percent from three-point range (72-of-162), and 78.9 percent (120-of-152) from the free throw line. Fogg scored in double figures 25 times, including seven games with 20 or more points, and posted two double-doubles. He led Arizona with 37 steals and was the only player to garner two awards.

Max Wiepking, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior forward from Englewood, Colo., earned Best Teammate honors after averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds per game in four appearances. He played a career-high four minutes against Bryant on Dec. 22.

Kyryl Natyazhko, a 6-foot-11, 275-pound junior center from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, earned the Golden "A" Award which is given to the team member with the highest fall grade point average. He averaged 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds per game in 22 appearances (six starts). He logged season-high totals of six rebounds and 20 minutes played on Dec. 17 vs. Gonzaga.

2011-12 Arizona Basketball Awards
Fred Enke Most Outstanding Player Award: Solomon Hill
Mo Udall Captains Award: Alex Jacobson
Best Defender Award: Kyle Fogg
Most Improved Player Award: Kyle Fogg
Best Teammate Award: Max Wiepking
Golden "A" Award (given for highest fall GPA): Kyryl Natyazhko

Arizona (23-12) earned a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference regular season standings with a 12-6 record. It marked UA's 33rd 20-win season in school history.

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