Jaquez, Bailey Sweep ESPN’s Preseason Pac-12 Awards for UCLA

On top of the team-wide hype, the Bruins’ youngest and oldest stars are both garnering plenty of attention as the season nears its tip-off.

ESPN published its 2022-2023 Pac-12 conference preview on Tuesday, and UCLA men’s basketball was one of the main centers of conversation in the piece. The Bruins were the consensus pick to win the conference, while all four experts picked guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. as Pac-12 Player of the Year and guard Amari Bailey as Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year.

Jaquez averaged 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals last season. The Camarillo, California, native was able to hit those marks while playing through multiple ankle injuries, but he enters 2022 fully healthy following offseason surgery.

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