Utah’s Branden Carlson Named To Associated Press All-Pac-12 Team
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah basketball’s Branden Carlson was named to the AP All-Pac-12 Team after getting first-team All-Pac-12 honors earlier on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Carson was named first-team All-Pac-12 while teammate Marco Anthony received an honorable mention for the defensive team.
While the Runnin’ Utes are not where they ultimately want to be yet, the honors for Carlson (and Anthony) are signs Craig Smith has the program trending in the right direction after a disappointing 11-20 (4-16) last season. Utah has since improved their standing to 17-14 (10-10) in 2023.
The awards continue to roll in for @ballerbranden35, this time @AP_Top25 All-Pac-12 First Team honors ⬇️⬇️https://t.co/XQWznrn85r
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) March 7, 2023
Carlson’s On-Court Contributions
Carlson averaged 16 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks for the Utes in 2023 while also having 21-straight games scoring double digit points. Carlson broke his career-high twice through that 21-game streak.
Carlson’s averages per game in points, rebounds, and blocks in 2023 ranks him fifth, seventh and fourth, in the Pac-12 amongst his peers.
Utah’s big man was recognized as the Pac-12 Player of the Week on January 23 after a dominant performance against the Washington schools at the Huntsman Center. Carlson averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals to go with a .724 (21-of-29) shooting that weekend while helping the Utes gain ground to second place halfway through Pac-12 play.
The Runnin’ Utes will need Carlson’s ability to take over games as they head to Las Vegas this week to start the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Seventh seed Utah will first take on 10th seed Stanford on Wednesday, March 8 in hopes of moving on to Thursday’s round. The game tips off at 7:00 pm MT and can be viewed on Pac-12 Networks.
Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports
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