After Chris Duarte helped lead the Oregon men’s basketball team to its second-straight Pac-12 regular-season title, the Ducks senior guard is getting some well-deserved recognition.
On Monday, the conference named Duarte Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career, matching the most-ever in Oregon program history joining Dillon Brooks and Blair Rasmussen.
The Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year finalist opened up the week with 22 points and seven rebounds in the Ducks 80-69 win over Arizona. Duarte followed that game up with a 23-point performance in which he shot 7-12 FG, 8-10 FT in Oregon’s 82-74 victory over UCLA.
The 6-foot-6 guard from the Dominican Republic had 10 points against Oregon State on Sunday night, but his career-high six assists were crucial for the Ducks in winning the regular-season Pac-12 Championship for a second-straight year.
Duarte has emerged as one of the favorites to win Pac-12 Player of the Year, as evidenced by his 17.3 points per game, good for fifth in the conference. Duarte finished second in the league in steals per game at 1.9 and he added 19 blocks this season in 22 games
Head coach Dana Altman believes Duarte is deserving of the Pac-12 Player of the Year trophy. Former Duck, now Boston Celtics guard, Payton Pritchard, previously won the men’s basketball Player of the Year award during the 2019-20 season.
"There is a lot of good players in the league and obviously I am very biased, but what he has done for our team through the COVID and through the injuries, he's been the one consistent," said Altman.
Next up, Oregon will turn its focus to the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament. The Ducks will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will play the winner of No. 8 Arizona State and No. 9 Washington State on Thursday, March 11th at 11:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Network.