Utah senior point guard Justin Bibbins made a large impression in his one and only season in the Pac-12.

Bibbins was named All-Pac-12 first team on Monday in a vote by the conference’s coaches. Senior forward David Collette, a former Murray High standout, also garnered All-Pac-12 honors for the first time in his career.

“It’s truly a blessing,” said Bibbins, who learned the news from his adviser during study hall. “I didn’t even know I’d be doing what I’m doing now. When I first came out here, I just wanted to take a chance, play for a team and take a leap. I’m happy my work paid off and I’m showing what I can do. I’m just excited that I was acknowledged like this.”

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton won the conference’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, while Washington coach Mike Hopkins won Coach of the Year. Washington also brought home Defensive Player of the Year, with that award going to Matisse Thybulle. Sixth Man of the Year honors were split between Arizona State freshman Remy Martin Colorado’s senior Dominique Collier. The coaches voted Washington State forward Robert Franks the Most Improved Player, and Stanford’s Dorian Pickens garnered Scholar-athlete of the Year honors.

Bibbins, a native of Carson, Calif., became the fourth Utah player to earn first-team honors in the past five seasons, joining Delon Wright (2014 and 2015), Jakob Poeltl (2016) and Kyle Kuzma (2017). Collette earned second-team recognition after previously earning third-team All-Mountain West honors while at Utah State during the 2014-15 season.

Bibbins, who joined the Utes this past summer as a graduate transfer from Long Beach State, averaged 14.4 points per, 4.9 assists, 2.8 3-pointers and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from 3-point range. He led the team in each of the those categories as well as minutes played, and ranked second among Pac-12 players in 3-point shooting percentage, 3-pointers per game and assist-turnover ratio (2.7-1).

“To be honest, I came out here to take less of a role than what I had at Long Beach,” Bibbins said. “I was perfectly fine with taking a lesser role to have a better opportunity to make it to the NCAA Tournament. That was my ultimate goal. I just wanted to play for a program that’s known for winning and known for excellence.”

A two-time All-Big West selection in his three seasons at Long Beach State, Bibbins did not struggle at all in stepping up to face the competition of a Power 5 conference. On the contrary, the 5-foot-8 Bibbins’ raised his production during conference games and averaged more points (15.8), assists (5.1) and 3-pointers per game against Pac-12 teams than he did overall this season.

He also recorded all three of his double-doubles during conference games against Washington (20 points, 10 rebounds), Washington State (13 points, 12 assists) and UCLA (17 points, 10 assists).

Collette shot 65.3 percent from the field during conference play to lead the Pac-12, and he also averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 18 conference games.


First Team

Deandre Ayton, fr., forward, Arizona

Justin Bibbins, sr., guard, Utah

Noah Dickerson, jr. forward, Washington

Tra Holder, sr., guard, Arizona State

Aaron Holiday, jr., guard, UCLA

Jordan McLaughlin, sr., guard, USC

Chimezie Metu, jr., forward USC

Tres Tinkle, soph., forward, Oregon State

Reid Travis, jr., forward, Stanford

Allonzo Trier, jr., guard Arizona

Second Team

David Collette, sr., forward, Utah

George King, sr., guard, Colorado

Payton Pritchard, soph., guard, Oregon

Dusan Ristic, sr., center, Arizona

Thomas Welsh, sr., center UCLA

Honorable Mention: Rawle Alkins, guard, Arizona; Shannon Evans II, guard, Arizona State; Robert Franks, forward, Washington State; Jaylen Nowell, guard, Washington; Dorian Pickes, guard, Stanford; McKinley Wright IV, guard, Colorado.


Deandre Ayton, forward, Arizona

Daejon Davis, guard, Stanford

Jaylen Nowell, guard, Washington

Kris Wilkes, guard, UCLA

McKinley Wright IV, guard, Colorado

Honorable mention: Troy Brown, forward, Oregon.


Deandre Ayton, fr., forward, Arizona

Aaron Holiday, jr., guard, UCLA

Jordan McLaughlin, sr., guard, USC

Matisse Thybulle, jr., forward, Washington

Kenny Wooten, fr., forward, Oregon

Honorable mention: Chimezie Metu, forward, USC; McKinley Wright IV, guard, Colorado.