Josh Scott tries to score against Arizona earlier this season.
Josh Scott tries to score against Arizona earlier this season. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Josh Scott spent the offseason working on his body.

It resulted in a strong body of work during the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

On Monday, the Colorado sophomore earned All-Pac-12 first team honors, as voted on by conference coaches.

Pac-12 coaches named 10 players to the first team, five to the second team and five — including CU's Askia Booker — received honorable mention.

CU's Wesley Gordon received honorable mention for the All-Freshman team.

"It feels great," Scott said. "I was working all summer for that. All those hours in the weight room and gym paid off. It's a good feeling."

The honor came just a couple of days before Scott and the Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12) head to Las Vegas to play in the Pac-12 Tournament. The fifth-seeded Buffs open against No. 12 USC (11-20, 2-16) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. MDT.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Scott added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame in the offseason so that his body could hold up better against his bigger opponents during the season.

Scott finished the regular season with 14.5 points per game (second on the team to injured Spencer Dinwiddie) and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. He has posted 13 double-doubles this season.


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"When the season started, we talked about his physical improvement in the weight room and his strength and all the work he put into his body in the offseason," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "When you think about Josh and this year, the first word that comes to my mind is 'consistency.' He was our most consistent player, without a doubt, from start to finish, of the season — day in and day out in practice. He's somebody as a coach you know what you're going to get. You can count on Josh."

Booker has averaged 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The junior guard raised his level of play after Dinwiddie's injury on Jan. 12.

Gordon, a redshirt freshman, has averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while leading the team with 1.4 blocks per game.

Arizona's Nick Johnson was voted as the Pac-12 Player of the Year. His teammate, Aaron Gordon, was named the freshman of the year, and their coach, Sean Miller, was named the coach of the year.

Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski was voted the defensive player of the year, and Stanford's Anthony Brown was voted as the most improved player of the year.

Fletcher returning soon?

Boyle said Monday that true freshman Tre'Shaun Fletcher could return to the court this week. Fletcher has not played since injuring his left knee on Jan. 12 at Washington.

"I'd like to (get Fletcher playing time)," Boyle said. "I don't want to put him in a position where he's going to fail, but we're going to need our bench to play well in Las Vegas and as we move into this tournament. Hopefully Tre'Shaun can get some minutes and make the most of them."

Fletcher appeared close to returning two weeks ago, but has continued to stay on the bench in games.

"I wanted to get him in against Stanford and Cal (last week), but the time didn't ever seem right," Boyle said. "Each day on the court is a little bit better for him. Those knee injuries are never easy to come back from and the mental part is the hardest part."

Notable

During the last five years, from 2009-13, every winner of the Pac-12/10 Tournament has been either a No. 3 or a No. 6 seed - including CU, which was No. 6 when it won in 2012. The last No. 1 or 2 seed to win was top-seeded UCLA in 2008. ... CU is 5-1 in its two previous appearances in this event.

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/brianhowell33.

ALL-PAC-12 TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Jordan Adams UCLA G So. 6-5 220 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Oak Hill Academy)

Kyle Anderson UCLA G So. 6-9 230 Fairview, N.J. (St. Anthony HS)

Jahii Carson ASU G So. 5-11 180 Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS)

Justin Cobbs CAL G Sr. 6-2 195 Los Angeles, Calif. (Minnesota)

Aaron Gordon ARIZ F Fr. 6-8 210 San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)

Nick Johnson ARIZ G Jr. 6-3 200 Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)

Dwight Powell STAN F Sr. 6-10 235 Toronto, Ontario, Canada (IMG Academy)

Chasson Randle STAN G Jr. 6-1 180 Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island HS)

Josh Scott COLO F So. 6-10 245 Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)

Delon Wright UTAH G Jr. 6-5 180 Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

SECOND TEAM

Jordan Bachynski ASU C Sr. 7-2 250 Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS)

T.J. McConnell ARIZ G Sr. 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)

Roberto Nelson OSU G Sr. 6-3 198 Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS)

C.J. Wilcox WASH G Sr. 6-5 195 Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)

Joseph Young ORE G Jr. 6-3 185 Houston, Texas (Houston)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Askia Booker (COLO, Jr., G), DaVonté Lacy (WSU, Jr., G), Jermaine Marshall (ASU, Sr., G), Mike Moser (ORE, Sr., F), Richard Solomon (CAL, Sr., F).