DeWitz Wins Pac-10's Fred Hessler Award
March 4, 2005
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Oregon State junior forward Nick DeWitz has been named the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Fred Hessler Award winner honoring the league's Newcomer of the Year.
For the 13th straight season, the Newcomer of the Year (awarded to non-freshmen) was selected by the Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers, and named in honor of the late UCLA broadcaster.
DeWitz, a 6-8 forward from Chandler, Ariz., is averaging 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.05 blocks (3rd, Pac-10), while shooting a Pac-10 best 53.8% (28-of-52) from three-point range for the Beavers, who are 16-12 overall and 8-9 in the Pac-10.
DeWitz has displayed a rare combination of inside-outside talent since joining the Beavers. With one regular season game to play, he has a chance to become the first player in Oregon State history to lead the team in both blocks and three-point field goal percentage. He is also the Beavers' second-leading scorer and rebounder. DeWitz has scored in double figures in 14 games and has produced 20 or more points on six occasions. He scored a career-high 28 points in the Beavers' 82-63 victory over California on Feb. 26 while tying a school record by hitting seven three-pointers.
DeWitz transferred to Oregon State from Iowa, where he played in eight games, averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. In 2002, DeWitz played at Utah Valley State Community College, where he averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
DeWitz is the first Beaver to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year since the award began in 1993.