- Men's basketball guard Carlon Brown
(senior) and skiers Adam Zika
(freshman) and Erika Ghent
(senior) received CU Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Mar. 5-11.
Brown was named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament after averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 steals as the Buffs won four games over four days. Shooting an even 50 percent from the field (25-of-50), the Riverside, Calif. (Utah/Martin Luther King HS) native provided last-minute dunks in CU's victories over California and Arizona. Clinching the Pac-12 Conference Championship, the Buffs head to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003 and just the third appearance by the Buffs at the Big Dance since 1970. Colorado will face the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Albequerque, N.M. on Thursday, Mar. 15 at 7:57(MST). Coverage will be provided by truTV.
Zika earned an individual NCAA Championship and first-team All-America honors after winning the giant slalom race on Thursday to open the alpine events at the 2012 NCAA Championships. He also added to his great individual performance by earning a second-team All-America honor in the slalom. The Prague, Czech Republic (Gymnasium Litomericka) native becomes CU's ninth NCAA Giant Slalom Champion, the first in 17 years (1995; Bryan Sax). He is just the second men's alpine double All-American since the 2000 season, joining World Cup skier Gabriel Rivas, who accomplished the feat last season as a senior. Not only did Zika win the GS race, he won both individual runs of the race with a 1.07-second margin of victory, the largest in a men's GS race at the NCAA Championships in 32 years. Zika finishes his freshman season with seven top 10 finishes, four podium appearances and two race victories.
Ghent finished her career at CU by earning two first-team All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Taking fourth place in the giant slalom race on Thursday, Ghent bettered that performance with a third place showing in the slalom race on Saturday. In the 11 races she finished cleanly this season, the Edwards, Colo. (Battle Mountain/Denver/Ski Club Vail) native had 10 top five finishes, four podium appearances and a race victory. She completes her career with 28 top-10 finishes, eight podium appearances and two race victories.
Also nominated for this week's award: Joe Morris (track & field).
Junior Joe Morris placed 15th overall in the 60-meter dash on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Morris finished the preliminary round in 6.66 seconds and tied with Auburn's Marcus Rowland. Reggie Dixon of Hampton won the section in 6.60 and Jeff Demps of Florida had the best time in the prelims with a time of 6.52. Morris owns the top five times in CU history. His mark of 6.66 is tied for third overall.