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Cal Bears head coach Mike Montgomery lifts senior Jorge Gutierrez' arm before fans to acknowledge his contribution in the team at the conclusion of a PAC-12 Conference game against Oregon State at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Gutierrez and Harper Kamp played their final game at Haas Pavilion. The Bears won 77-63. (Ray Chavez/Staff)

Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez, the heart and soul of a Cal team that chased the conference championship until the final day of the season, became the first player named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

"Jorge just wins, and he has done that for us for four years," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "Coaches appreciate that part of it, without getting stuck on numbers or the spectacular athleticism. I'm not trading Jorge for anybody."

Sophomore wing Allen Crabbe of Pac-12 runner-up Cal joined Gutierrez on the 10-player all-conference team, selected by the league's coaches. Gutierrez was a repeat first-team pick.

Lorenzo Romar was voted Coach of the Year after leading Washington to the Pac-12 regular-season title.

The conference has awarded a Player of the Year since 1975-76 but has named a Defensive Player of the Year just eight times.

Also named to the team is Oakland native and Oregon State junior Jared Cunningham, who led the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 points per game) and steals (2.57). Cunningham also was part of the five-man all-defensive team.

Stanford's Chasson Randle and Cal's David Kravish were voted to the all-freshman squad.

Gutierrez averaged a modest 13.0 points but also contributed 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during the regular season.

Gutierrez becomes the sixth Cal player to win the award, joining Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001) and Jerome Randle (2010).


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Seniors Harper Kamp of Cal and Josh Owens of Stanford were chosen to the five-man all-conference second team. Stanford's Josh Huestis was an honorable mention all-defensive pick.

  • Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike was named Pacific-12 women's player of the year in a media poll released by the Pac-12. The conference's women's awards, as voted by the Pac-12 coaches, will be announced Tuesday.

    Ogwumike also was co-defensive player of the year with USC's Briana Gilbreath. Jazmine Davis of Valley Christian High-San Jose was freshman of the year for averaging 16.2 points per game for Washington.

    Sophomores Chiney Ogwumike and Toni Kokenis joined Nneka Ogwumike on the all-conference team for Stanford.

    Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon made the all-conference team for second-place Cal. The Bears' Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray were all-freshman selections with Stanford's Amber Orrange.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.