Jaime Jaquez wins Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award
Jaime Jaquez was officially named the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award recipient on Thursday afternoon.
The award is given annually by CollegeInsider.com. Jaquez also won Pac-12 Player of the Year this season.
“Nobody impacted winning more than Jaime Jaquez Jr.,” College Insider vice president Angela Lento said in a press release. “He’s a throwback who plays the game the right way. His numbers, across the board, were All-America worthy, but his greatness was doing whatever UCLA needed to win. There were a lot of great players that posted impressive numbers this season, but nobody made more winning plays than Jaime Jaquez.”
Jaquez averaged 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season. He also shot an impressive 48.1% from the field as he led UCLA to the Pac-12 regular season title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Jaquez beat out Purdue’s Zach Edey for the honor. Edey is considered the favorite to win the Naismith Award, which will be announced at the Final Four.
The Lute Olson Award has been awarded annually since 2010. Jaquez is the 1st player from UCLA to take home the honor.