Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 21, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior forward Luke Walton has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 15 - 20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Walton, from San Diego, Calif., averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in wins over 18th-ranked USC and ninth-ranked UCLA this past week.
In Arizona's 97-80 victory over the Trojans, Walton recorded the sixth triple-double in school history, (15th in Pac-10 history) with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to go with four blocked shots and four steals. Against UCLA two days later, Walton tallied 14 of his 18 points in the second half as the 15th-ranked Wildcats overcame a 20-point deficit with 13 minutes remaining in the game. In addition to his 18 points, Walton posted seven rebounds and seven assists.
For the week, Walton shot 13-of-22 (.571) from the field, 2-of-4 (.500) from three-point range and 17-of-23 (.739) from the free throw line.
It is the second weekly award for Walton, the 55th all-time honor for the Wildcats.
2001-02 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 26 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Dec. 3 - Curtis Allen, WASH. Dec. 10 - Marcus Moore, WSU. Dec. 17 - Joe Shipp, CAL. Jan. 7 - Chad Prewitt, ASU. Jan. 14 - Matt Barnes, UCLA. Jan. 21 - Luke Walton, ARIZ.