UTAH UTES

Utah Stars Branden Carlson, Alissa Pili Receive Postseason Honors

Mar 19, 2024, 10:16 AM | Updated: 1:14 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – If you wear No. 35 for the Utes men’s or women’s basketball team, you are likely raking in the postseason awards.

Runnin’ Ute big man Branden Carlson and Utah women’s basketball forward Alissa Pili both received postseason recognition on March 19.

Carlson was named Second Team All-District from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) while Pili received Third Team All-American honors from the Sporting News and USBWA.

Both players wear the No. 35 and have made huge impacts on their teams in the 2023-24 season.

Branden Carlson And The Utes In 2023-24

Carlson has played in 32 games so far this season and is averaging 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Carlson leads Utah in every category aside from assists.

The Utah big man is unique in that he leads the country in 3-point shots made by players 7-foot or taller notching 58 on the season to this point.

Carlson became the program’s leader in blocked shots sitting at 234 and counting. He is also the all-time leader in total games played at 142 and counting.

Carlson plans to play in Utah’s first-round NIT game and will certainly add to his 1,825 career points, 822 rebounds, 164 assists and 44 steals.

The Utah star is the only player in Pac-12 Conference history to have at least 1,500 points, 700 rebounds, 100 assists and 200 blocks.

Alissa Pili And The Utah Women In 2023-24

On average, Pili has been good for 20.8 points per game so far this season which ranks 17 in the NCAA.

Pili has totaled 666 points this season which is No. 7 in the NCAA, and she is 35th in the nation in field goal percentage as she’s shooting 54.8 % this season. Pili is also good from the three shooting 39.4% and is 124-152 from the free throw line for 81.6% on the season.

Pili consistently has gotten after it on the boards averaging 6.5 rebounds per game and has recorded 78 total assists, along 28 steals and 26 blocks.

Pili set a new career high in points on December 1, 2023, against No. 1 South Carolina at 37 which caught national attention. Pili matched that figure against her old squad, also USC, later on January 19, 2024.

Perhaps most importantly of all however, has been the impact Pili has had off the court this past season.

Pili has been drawing crowds of Indigenous and Polynesian fans wherever the Utes have gone in the 2023-24 season wanting to see a little of themselves being great out on the hardwood.

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 XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Rice Eccles Stadium general view at University of Utah - How to watch Utah Football...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Athletics Celebrates Student-Athletes, Teams At Crimson Carpet Awards

Utah Athletics celebrated their stellar student-athletes on Monday, April 15 in their annual Crimson Carpet Awards.

12 hours ago

kyle-whittingham-during-utah-football-spring-game-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Football Shares Transfer Portal Wish List

Utah football wrapped up their spring practices over the weekend and now the spring NCAA Transfer Portal season is upon us.

16 hours ago

alissa-pili-goes-against-south-carolina-2023...

Michelle Bodkin

Former Utah WBB Star Alissa Pili Is One Of Many Headliners In 2024 WNBA Draft

The popularity of women's basketball is on the rise thanks to a surge of name-brand talent such as Utah women's basketball star Alissa Pili.

1 day ago

alissa-pili-gives-high-fives-to-kids-pregame-at-huntsman-center-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Former Utah Women’s Basketball Star Alissa Pili Goes No. 8 Overall In 2024 WNBA Draft

Former Utah women's basketball star Alissa Pili is heading to Minnesota after the Lynx took her No. 8 overall in the 2024 WNBA Draft.

1 day ago

mason-madsen-shoots-ball-during-game-with-boston-college...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Will Be Seeing Double With Latest Transfer Commitment

The Runnin' Utes are continuing to build their 2024-25 roster picking up a fun transfer from Boston College with family ties to the program.

2 days ago

utah-safety-tao-johnson-catches-ball-during-football-game-2023...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Football Safety Tao Johnson Discusses Pride In Native Heritage

Utah football safety Tao Johnson takes a lot of pride in his Native American heritage and is happy to be representing the Utes.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Utah Stars Branden Carlson, Alissa Pili Receive Postseason Honors