UA basketball: Hill, Lyons make Pac-12 1st team; others snubbed

2013-03-11T20:00:00Z UA basketball: Hill, Lyons make Pac-12 1st team; others snubbedBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 11, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

The Pac-12 postseason awards released Monday mirrored the 2012-13 Arizona Wildcats.

There were some expected highlights (Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons made the 10-man first team), a disappointment (none of UA’s three high school all-American post players made the all-freshman team) and a possible casualty of UA’s late-season defensive slide (Nick Johnson did not make the all-defensive team).

No huge victories, no terribly bad things. Just like the Wildcats’ 12-6 conference season.

The season was good enough, Hill found, to push him into a repeat spot on the all-conference team.

“(It) just showed my hard work was noticed, and it also comes with team success,” Hill said. “I think if our team wasn’t in the top half of the conference, I wouldn’t have this award.”

The same might go for point guard Lyons, who upgraded from being a third-team all-Atlantic 10 pick last season to a first-team all-Pac-12 pick this season.

“Feels good,” Lyons said. “I get to play my natural position. It’s a blessing in disguise to be here. I’m back with my original coach, and it’s just been great. The season’s been great.”

Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ key omissions also were no surprise, considering how the season played out.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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