Cody Williams named Pac-12 men's basketball Freshman of the Week

Jan. 22—Finally able to string together a few games in a row, Cody Williams has been flashing the skills that made him one of the top recruits in the nation.

On Monday, he received his first significant collegiate honor.

The dynamic wing from the Colorado men's basketball team was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after turning in a pair of solid all-around games in the Buffaloes' home wins against Oregon and Oregon State.

It is the fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for the Buffs, and Williams is the fourth CU player to pick up the honor, joining Jabari Walker, Julian Hammond III and KJ Simpson, who won it twice in 2021-22.

Williams began the weekend by going 10-for-13 with a season-high 23 points in a win against then-first-place Oregon. Williams went 3-for-4 on 3-poiners, hitting three 3-pointers in a game for the first time this season. Williams also recorded two rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots against the Ducks. In Williams' 11th appearance of the season, it was his third 20-point game.

Williams turned in another versatile performance in Saturday's win against Oregon State, going 6-for-10 from the floor with a 2-for-3 mark on 3-pointers before finishing with 16 points and a season-high-tying six rebounds. Williams also had two steals, one assist and no turnovers in nearly 32 minutes.

With the 5-for-7 showing from the 3-point line in the two games, Williams improved his long-range percentage to .500 (11-for-22). In four games since returning from a seven-game absence due to a left wrist injury, Williams has averaged 17.0 points.

Deivon Smith from Utah was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.5 rebounds in the Utes' home wins against Oregon State and Oregon.