March 11, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Four University of Arizona men's basketball players were recognized by the Pac-12 Conference, as the league announced its postseason honors Monday.
Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons were first-team all-conference picks, while Nick Johnson was an honorable mention all-defensive selection and Kaleb Tarczewski was an honorable mention all-freshman honoree.
A 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior forward from Los Angeles, Calif., Hill ranks second on the team with a 13.6 points per game average, three-point field goals (48) and in steals (39), while ranking third in rebounding (5.2 rpg), assists (81) and three-point field goal percentage (.384). In 30 appearances (all starts), he is averaging 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game to go with a .453 field goal percentage. He has scored in double figures a team-leading 24 times, posted three 20-point games and collected one double-double.
It marks the second straight season that Hill has been a first-team all-conference selection.
A 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior guard from Schenectady, N.Y., Lyons leads Arizona with a 14.9 points per game average, 56 three-point field goals and a .850 free throw percentage. In 30 appearances (all starts), he is averaging 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has scored in double figures a team-leading 24 times, posted six 20-point games and five games with five or more assists.
It marks the first time in his career that Lyons has been a first-team all-conference selection. He was a third-team all-Atlantic 10 selection in 2011 and 2012 while at Xavier University.
Along with Hill, Lyons' inclusion on the all-Pac-12 Conference first team marks the 60th time an Arizona player has earned all-conference honors since the school joined the league in 1978-79. Additionally, it is the 19th time that Arizona has had two or more first team all-league picks in the same season in that span.
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore guard from Gilbert, Ariz., Johnson averages 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in 30 appearances. He currently ranks fourth in the conference in steals and has tallied three or more thefts in a contest 11 times in 2012-13 to go with one game with three or more blocks. Seventeen times this season he has led Arizona in steals.
A 7-foot, 255-pound center from Claremont, N.H., Tarczewski leads Arizona with a 5.9 rebounds per game average to go with a 6.6 points per game average and 20 blocked shots. In 30 appearances (all starts), he is shooting .526 from the field and leads the team with 65 offensive rebounds. He has scored in double figures six times and collected double-figure rebounds three times this year.
Arizona (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12) will next be in action on Thursday, March 14, at the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas. The fourth-seeded Wildcats face either No. 5 seed Colorado or No. 12 seed Oregon State at approximately 2:30 p.m. PST. The game will be televised nationally by the Pac-12 Networks.