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Franks joins Brock Motum and Josh Hawkinson with this award

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Washington State Junior Robert Franks was announced on Monday as the Pac-12 most improved player of the year. While this basketball season may not have been the best as a whole, the forward from Vancouver, Washington improved his game immensely.

Franks’ shooting has seen a great improvement from last season when he averaged 6.3 points per game to 17.4 this year. Most of that scoring came from him tripling his made shots from deep going from 19 threes last season to 64 this year while shooting .403 from behind the arc. Franks leads the team in points per game and finished the regular season ranked seventh in the conference.

He wasn’t all about shooting the ball himself this year however as he increased his assists from 24 last year to 58 this year. Franks shooting and sharing the ball allowed the Cougars to become the seventh team in conference history to make 300-plus threes in a season. They sit at 334 with the Pac-12 conference tournament remaining.

He was also second on the team and 15th in the conference in rebounds per game this year with 6.7. An improvement from his previous 3.3 RPG last season.

This improvement is not necessarily new to him as he has continuously shown progress in his game at Washington State. In the 29 games this season he has more than doubled his point total (245 to 505) and his made threes (25 to 64) from his previous two years combined.

Franks also was named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention on Monday.

The Cougars look to finish this season off on a high note on Wednesday as they take on the 6th seeded Oregon Ducks at 8:30 pm. The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks.

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