CORVALLIS, Ore. – Roberto Nelson was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team, Eric Moreland earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year and Hallice Cooke received Pac-12 All-Freshmen Honorable Mention as selected by a vote of the 12 conference coaches, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Monday.
Nelson received All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention last season after leading the conference in scoring in league games (19.1). He led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games (20.1) again this season and sits atop the conference in all games at 20.6. Nelson also leads the Beavers in assists, steals, three-point field goals and minutes played.
Since 1955, there have only been two players who led the Pac-12 in scoring that didn’t receive All-Pac-12 First Team honors (Steve Puidokas of Washington State in 1975 and Brock Motum of Washington State in 2013).
Nelson scored 15 points against Arizona State in the regular-season finale and passed A.C. Green (1,694 career points) to move into fourth on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list with 1,700 career points. He’s just the 53rd player in Pac-8/10/12 history to reach the 1,700-point mark.
He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week two times this season (Nov. 18 and Dec. 30).
Moreland earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention once again after finishing second in the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.4) and third in blocked shots (2.0) in league games. He missed the 12 non-conference games for a violation of team rules so he won’t qualify for all games because he can’t play in 75 percent of the team’s games.
The 6-foot-10 forward became the career blocked shots leader at Oregon State this season (he now has 181) and moved into fifth on Oregon State’s all-time rebounding list with 744. He has a chance to become just the third Oregon State player to average double-figure rebounds in multiple seasons (he averaged 10.6 boards last year).
Cooke became a starter 15 games into the season and is currently second in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage at 46.3 percent (38-for-82). His 38 three-pointers are the fourth most by a freshman in Oregon State history (Angelo Tsagarakis holds the record with 45).
The freshman is second on the team in assists (72) and steals (26) and scored a career-high 20 points against UCLA, the most by an Oregon State freshman since Nelson had 34 at Arizona State on March 5, 2011. Since being a starter, Cooke is averaging 9.0 points per game, the fourth-best total on the team. He averaged 5.9 points in 14 games as a reserve.
Cooke is the first Oregon State player to earn Pac-12 All-Freshmen recognition since 2005 when Sasa Cuic was also honorable mention.