Pac-10 Men's Basketball Newcomer of the Year

March 6, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- WASHINGTON STATE junior center J Locklier hasbeen named the 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball FredHessler Award winner honoring the league's Newcomer of the Year.

For the ninth straight season, the Newcomer of the Year was selected bythe Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers, and named in honor of the lateUCLA broadcaster.

Locklier, a 6-foot-10 center from Rock Hill, S.C., is averaging 9.4points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field forthe Cougars (12-14 overall, 5-13 and tied for sixth in the Pac-10).

Locklier is the only Cougar to have started all 26 games this season.He's shooting 85-of-180 (.472) from the field and 75-of-111 (.676) fromthe free throw line to average 9.4 points per game. His team-leading 6.0rebounds per game rank 12th in the Pac-10. He's recorded 10 or morerebounds in three games this season, including a career-high 12 reboundsvs. Washington when he also added 16 points for his first double-double.

Locklier came to Washington State from Miami, Ohio, where he lettered fortwo season (1998-99) and was instrumental in leading the Red Hawks to aNCAA Sweet 16 appearance his sophomore year.

It's the second time a player from Washington State has been honored asPac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

FRED HESSLER AWARD (PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR)2001 - J Locklier, Washington State2000 - Loren Woods, Arizona1999- Brian Scalabrine, USC1998 - Bobby Lazor, Arizona State1997 - Rodrick Rhodes, USC1996 - Ed Gray, California1995 - Shamon Antrum, Washington State1994 - Isaac Burton, Arizona State1993 - Marcell Capers, Arizona State

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Other Pac-10 honors (All-Conference, All-Freshmen, Player of Year,Freshman of Year, Coach of Year) will be released no later than Sundayafternoon (March 11).

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