STANFORD, Calif.- Senior forward Josh Huestis has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 17-23, as announced today by Commissioner Larry Scott.
It’s the second career honor for Huestis and second for a Cardinal player this season after Chasson Randle received the conference’s weekly recognition back in November.
The last time Stanford was honored with two award winners in the same year was during the 2009-10 campaign, as Landry Fields was recognized twice.
Huestis was instrumental in propelling Stanford (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) to a homestand sweep of USC and UCLA, as the Cardinal has won five of its last six to move into a tie for third place in the conference standings.
A native of Great Falls, Mont., Huestis averaged 16.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent overall (12-24) and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free throw line.
In the 80-59 rout of USC, Huestis tallied three blocks to increase his career total to 169 and surpass the previous school record of 167 established by Tim Young (1994-99). Huestis’ record-breaking block came at the 18:08 mark of the second half, swatting a layup attempt from Strahinja Gavrilovic. He also scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double.
Two days later in an 83-74 upset of No. 23/25 UCLA, Huestis matched his career high with 22 points, to go along with six rebounds and five blocks.
A strong candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Huestis is averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game with 53 blocks.
Huestis is one of only three Stanford players to boast career marks of at least 500 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks: Huestis (910, 758, 174), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167) and Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Also Nominated: T.J. McConnell, ARIZ; Mike Moser, ORE; Nigel Williams-Goss, WASH.
2013-14 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Nov. 11 - Tyrone Wallace (CAL), Nov. 18 - Roberto Nelson (OSU), Nov. 25 - Jahii Carson (ASU), Dec. 2 - Nick Johnson (ARIZ), Dec. 9 – Askia Booker (COLO), Dec. 16 - Jordan Loveridge (UTAH), Dec. 23 – Chasson Randle (STAN), Dec. 30 – Roberto Nelson (OSU), Jan. 6 – Askia Booker (COLO), Jan. 13 – Justin Cobbs (CAL), Jan. 20 – Delon Wright (UTAH), Jan. 27 – Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Feb. 3 – Justin Cobbs (CAL), Feb. 10 – Jordan Bachynski (ASU), Feb. 17 – Jermaine Marshall (ASU), Feb. 24 – Josh Huestis (STAN).