Arizona's Zeke Nnaji is Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

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The Pac-12 is flush with star freshmen -- Arizona has three of them -- so it definitely means something to win the league's Freshman of the Week award, which is a new honor for the conference this season.

And that first honor goes to Wildcats big man Zeke Nnaji.

He averaged 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in wins over NAU and Illinois, shooting 18 of 24 from the field. Against Illinois on Sunday night, he had to battle 7-foot, 290-pund freshman Kofi Cockburn and always seemed to be in the right spot as he shot 9 of 12 from the field en route to 19 points.

Arizona could also have made a case for point guard Nico Mannion or wing Josh Green, but Nnaji deserved the honor for being excellent in both games.

His 20 points against NAU was the most by an Arizona freshman in his first game since Hassan Adams poured in 22 in 2002.

Miller said his freshmen were "spectacular" on Sunday night.

"Each was really, really good," he added. "Zeke was quiet but when you go 9 of 12 from the floor, that means something."

Oregon State senior forward Tres Tinkle was the Pac-12 Player of the Week. He averaged 26.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 blocks to lead the Beavers to a 2-0 start.

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Gary Randazzo
Gary Randazzo


Zeke has been impressive. He's tough inside, but has a really nice soft jumper.


Thank goodness the PAC is BACK.

Steve Buchanan
Steve Buchanan


3 Freshmen who do not look like Freshmen at all.