UCLA Bruins' TJ Leaf earns second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor

December 19, 2016

For the second time this season, UCLA star freshman forward TJ Leaf has earned the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week award after leading the Bruins to two wins last week.

The freshman from El Cajon, California, averaged 19.0 points on 61 percent shooting (including 50 percent from behind the arc on 4-8 shooting), 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks.

The 6-10 forward was just two assists shy of a triple-double (25 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) in the Bruins' 102-62 win against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. He also totaled 13 points and eight rebounds in UCLA's 86-73 win against Ohio State on Saturday in Las Vegas.

It marks the third weekly honor for UCLA this season along with freshman guard Lonzo Ball's selection on November 28.

Leaf is one of two Bruins to score in double figures in all 12 games (along with senior Isaac Hamilton), helping lead UCLA to a 12-0 record, its best start to a season since 2006-07 (14-0).

The voting was conducted by media who cover the league.

Other nominated: Dusan Ristic, Arizona; Jabari Bird, Cal; Deleon Brown, Colorado; Jordan Bell, Oregon; Jaquori McLaughlin, Oregon State; Reid Travis, Stanford; Jordan McLaughlin, USC; Kyle Kuzma, Utah; Markelle Fultz, Washington; Josh Hawkinson, Washington State.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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