Payton II Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

OREGON STATE’S Gary Payton II – a junior college transfer most known for his famous last name at the beginning of the season – capped his rookie year with the Beavers on quite the high note. The Oregon State guard was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-Pac-12 and a member of the league's all-defensive team.

Payton is the Oregon State’s third Pac-10/12 defensive player of the year -- father Gary Payton Sr. earned the award in 1987, Seth Tarver did so in 2010.

Payton leads Oregon State in scoring (13.3), rebounding (7.5) and steals (3.1). The last time that happened in Corvallis was in 1981-82 (Lester Conner). Payton also leads the team in minutes played.

Payton’s steals rank second nationally, and his 92 takeaways are the second most in Oregon State single-season history and fifth most in Pac-12 history.

And despite checking in at 6-3, Payton set the Beavers' single-game program record with seven blocked shots in a win over Colorado earlier this season.

He’s been the driving force behind the Oregon State defense, which is on pace to set school records for scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

No other Beavers were named to the Pac-12’s postseason honors list.

But the Beavs, picked to finish dead last in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, have secured a winning season at 17-13, just the program’s third winning season since 1990. The Beavers set school records for best start at home (14-0), most home victories (15) and single-game team blocked shots (13).

Wayne Tinkle, widely considered the odds-on favorite for Pac-12 Coach of the Year, lost the honor to Oregon's Dana Altman.

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