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Altman, Singler, Kazemi & Dotson Earn Pac-12 Accolades
Release Date: 03/11/2013
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Oregon head coach Dana Altman has been honored by the Pac-12 Conference as the John Wooden Coach of the Year, highlighting UO recognition that also included E.J. Singler on the All-Pac-12 First Team, Arsalan Kazemi on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and Damyean Dotson on the All-Freshmen Team.

Altman led the Ducks to a 12-6 conference mark and a share of second place for the second straight season, compiling a 23-8 overall mark and leading Oregon to a third straight 20-win campaign. The  honor is Altman's first in the Pac-12 and fifth of his career. The native Nebraskan has now won coach of the year awards in four different conferences.

Altman is the third UO coach to win the award, joining Ernie Kent (2002) and Dick Harter (1977).

Singler, a senior from Medford, Ore., followed last year's All-Pac-12 Second Team selection with first-team honors in his final season in Eugene. The 6-6 forward led the Ducks with averages of 11.5 points and 2.9 assists per game, starting all 31 games this season. He also played a team-high 30.5 minutes per contest.

The selection of Singler gave UO a first-team player for the second straight year, following Devoe Joseph in 2012.

Kazemi made the most of his lone season at Oregon, leading the Ducks and ranking third in the conference with 9.6 rebounds per game. The senior transfer from Esfahan, Iran, who was also honorable mention All-Pac-12, was second in the conference in steals (2.2 per game) and paced the Ducks with eight double-doubles. He is the first UO player named Pac-12 All-Defensive since the award's inception in 2007-08.

Dotson led the Ducks in scoring in conference play up until the last week of the season and finished the regular season averaging 10.5 points per game. The Houston, Texas, product made a team-best 128 field goals and had the fewest turnovers among Oregon's starters. Dotson, who has started all but one game this season, is the first Duck to earn All-Freshmen honors since fellow guard Tajuan Porter in 2007.

Oregon enters this week's Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between No. 6 Washington and No. 11 Washington State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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