Houston, Texas, March 31, 2016 – Utah’s Jakob Poeltl, a member of the all-tournament team at the 2015 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, has been selected as the 2016 NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Poeltl, who scored 63 points, grabbed 26 rebounds and blocked five shots in leading the Utes to a third-place finishing in last November’s San Juan event, will receive the award at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 3, at the Cullen Theater at Wortham Center in Houston at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).
A seven-foot center from Vienna, Austria, Poeltl secured his spot on the Puerto Rico all-tourney team when he scored 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots in Utah’s 74-68 win over Temple in the third-place game November 22. Poeltl made 10 of 12 field goal attempts against the Owls and finished the event by making 65 percent of his field goal attempts (21 of 32).
All three of the Utes’ Puerto Rico games were against schools that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championships. Poeltl scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Utah’s 73-63 win over Texas Tech before tallying 16 points and gathering six rebounds in a 90-66 setback to Miami.
Poeltl was a consensus second team All-American. He was the Pac-12 Player of the Year, the first for Utah since the Utes joined the conference in 2011, and a member of the Pac-12 All-Academic first team.
Poeltl helped lead Utah to 27-9 overall won-lost record and a 13-5 record in conference play. He led the conference in field goal percentage at .660, was second in scoring average with a 17.6 average and third in rebounding at 9.1 per game.
The Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award is presented in honor of a coach who led the University of California to the NCAA championship in 1959 and coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1960. He was highly regarded for his work with centers and for many years conducted the Pete Newell Big Mans Camp.