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WCC Awards: Matt Haarms Wins WCC DPOY; Barcello, Averette, Haarms on All-Conference Teams

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Congrats to Matt, Alex, Brandon, and Caleb!

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Brigham Young Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

BYU was well represented in the WCC conference awards as Matt Haarms, Alex Barcello, Brandon Averette and Caleb Lohner were all recognized. Haarms is BYU’s first WCC Defensive Player of the Year since BYU joined the conference a decade ago.

Matt Haarms: Defensive Player of the Year; Second Team All-WCC

Alex Barcello: First Team All-WCC

Brandon Averette: Second Team All-WCC

Caleb Lohner: All-WCC Freshman Team

Gonzaga unsurprisingly swept the other individual awards. Corey Kispert won POY, Mark Few COY, Jalen Suggs Newcomer of the Year, and Andrew Nembhard 6th Man of the Year. All five major individual awards – along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team – were voted on by the WCC Head Coaches.

Haarms is the first BYU player to win WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Haarms averaged 2 blocks per game and ranks second among active NCAA blocked shots leaders with 253. He also average 10.9 points on 57% shooting and 5.2 rpg.

Alex Barcello led BYU in points, assists and steals and was deservingly named first team All-WCC. Barcello averaged 15.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.5 rpg and 1 steal. He shot 53.5% from the field, 49% from three and 84% from the foul line.

UVU/Oklahoma State transfer Brandon Averette was second on the team in scoring and assists, averaging 11.4 ppg and 3.7 apg.

Caleb Lohner turned a corner in WCC play, leading BYU on the season in rebounding with 6.8 rpg and averaging 7.3 ppg.

Below are the full WCC awards: