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Arizona State’s Tra Holder and Shaquielle McKissic earn Pac-12 season honors

The Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Honors were announced Monday and a couple of Arizona State players were recognized.

Tra Holder was named to the All-Freshman Team after leading ASU to a 17-14 (9-9 in conference) record. He averaged 7.1 points, two rebounds and 3.6 assists in 26.2 minutes per game for the Sun Devils. The point guard started the last 15 games of the regular season, scoring in double figures nine times in that span. His season-high in scoring was 16 points against Oregon on Jan. 30.

Holder was one of seven players named to the team including Arizona’s Stanley Johnson, who was named the conference freshman of the year.

Holder is the first ASU freshman to be honored since Jahii Carson won co-freshman of the year honors in the 2012-13 season.

Senior Shaquielle McKissic earned honorable mentions for the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive Teams.

McKissic averaged 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals in two wins to close out the regular season.

This is McKissic’s second season with the Sun Devils, and he played 30.5 minutes per game, including a 50-minute performance in a triple-overtime loss against Lehigh. He had a double-double against Pepperdine on Dec. 13 when he scored 22 points and secured 11 rebounds. Like Holder, his season-high in points came against Oregon on Jan. 30, when he tallied 24.

Last year, Carson and Jordan Bachynski earned All-Pac-12 First Team and Second Team honors, respectively, while Jermaine Marshall was an honorable mention. Bachynski was also named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season.