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Allen Crabbe has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Crabbe was joined on the All-Pac-12 First Team by Arizona State's Jahii Carson, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, Colroado's Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson, Arizona's Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Stanford's Dwight Powell and Oregon's E.J. Singler.
Roberson was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Carson and Muhammad were named co-Freshman of the Year.
Aaron Gordon brings a mature approach to his game and is analytical when breaking down his options of Kentucky, Arizona and Washington.
"Let's start with Kentucky," said Gordon. "It's a winning organization. Coach (John) Calipari is a winner. It's a true basketball program. The Wildcat Launch is right across the street from the gym. You can go in there 24 hours a day. There's a curfew. It's almost like a business. If you really want to play basketball, that's the place to go.
"Arizona is a shooting program and coach (Sean) Miller is a really good shooting coach. They are losing two of their really good seniors, Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill. It's a great place to go to school. I'd be happy there if I were to go there. Miller is a really great coach.
"Obviously (Lorenzo) Romar is a really great coach also at Washington. They have a really good offense – it's a 1-4 high, almost like a John Wooden offense. They look to push in the first eight seconds. It's up-tempo but also very structured. It's also very basketball oriented."
Gordon is applying the recruiting lessons learned by his older siblings Drew and Elisabeth to his own process.
"Drew made a poor decision his first time around and great one the second time," he said. "My sister made a good one to Harvard. I've been able to see the dos and don'ts of the recruiting process and it's allowed me to really open my eyes to a lot of things.
Jabari Bird plans to visit the University of California on Sept. 1.
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Richmond, has trimmed his list to four schools.
“My first visit is Cal and then Colorado and Oregon and Washington in that order,” Bird said. “That’s my final four.”
Bird will wait until the spring signing period to make a final decision.
“‘I’m going to commit sometime in the spring after high school basketball,” he said. “I want to see who’s going to be on their rosters, what situation is the best, and it will give me more time to do an evaluation.”