Diogu Named 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year - Farmar Earns Freshman of the Year - Romar Honored as Coach of the Year
March 7, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, ARIZONA STATE junior forward Ike Diogu has been named the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, UCLA guard Jordan Farmar has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Lorenzo Romar of WASHINGTON is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
The Complete Conference Honors:
Name, School , Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Ike Diogu, ASU, F/C, Jr., 6-8, 250, Garland, Texas (Garland HS)
Channing Frye, ARIZ, C, Sr., 6-11, 248, Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)
Dan Grunfeld, STAN, G, Jr., 6-6, 215, River Hills, Wis. (Nicolet HS)
Chris Hernandez, STAN, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
Thomas Kelati, WSU, G, Sr., 6-5, 194, Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS)
David Lucas, OSU, F, Sr., 6-8, 246, Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS)
Nate Robinson, WASH, G, Jr., 5-9, 180, Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS)
Tre Simmons, WASH, G, Sr., 6-5, 195, Seattle, Wash. (Green River CC)
Salim Stoudamire, ARIZ, G, Sr., 6-1, 179, Portland, Ore. (Lake Oswego HS)
Dijon Thompson, UCLA, G/F, Sr., 6-7, 198, Inglewood, Calif. (Redondo Union HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Hassan Adams (ARIZ, Jr., F), Aaron Brooks (ORE, So., G), Will Conroy (WASH, Sr., G), Nick DeWitz (OSU, Jr., F), Jordan Farmar (UCLA, Fr., G), Matt Haryasz (STAN, Jr., F), Brandon Roy (WASH, Jr., G).
Name, School , Pos, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Arron Afflalo, UCLA, G, 6-5, 200, Compton, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Jordan Farmar, UCLA, G, 6-2, 180, Van Nuys, Calif. (Taft HS)
Malik Hairston, ORE, G, 6-6, 200, Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance HS)
Gabe Pruitt, USC, G, 6-4, 170, Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS)
Bryce Taylor, ORE, G, 6-5, 200, Encino, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Robbie Cowgill (WSU, C), Sasa Cuic (OSU, F/C), Derrick Low (WSU, G), Josh Shipp (UCLA, G/F), Joel Smith (WASH, G/F), Nick Young (USC, G/F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ike Diogu, Arizona State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jordan Farmar, UCLA
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington
DIOGU is a three-time All-Conference selection, and the second Sun Devil to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year (Eddie House, 2000). He received Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2003, making him the ninth player in Conference history to earn both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors during his career. Diogu leads the Conference in both scoring (22.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg) in 2004-05. Only A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have led the Pac-10 in both categories since the league expanded to 10 schools. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.23 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories. Diogu has scored in double figures in all 89 of his career games played, recording 30 or more points in six games this season. He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times. He's ASU's career leader and ranks second in Pac-10 history in free throws made (655) and attempted (834).
FRYE receives All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year. He leads the Wildcats in rebounding (7.5 rpg, 5th Pac-10), blocks (2.10 bpg, 2nd) and field goal percentage (.524, 7th), while scoring 15.6 ppg, second-most in Arizona's high-octane offense and eighth-most Conference wide. A defensive force in the paint, Frye's 236 career blocks trail only Anthony Cook's 278 in Arizona and Pac-10 history. He has collected 919 career rebounds, good for third place on the Wildcat career charts, and 23rd in Conference annals. Frye has scored 1,674 career points, eighth most by a Wildcat.
GRUNFELD makes his first All-Pac-10 appearance after becoming one of the nation's most improved players in 2005. After averaging 3.4 ppg as a sophomore, Grunfeld scored 17.9 ppg this season - tops on the Cardinal and fourth most league-wide. He was also an excellent rebounder - pulling down 5.5 rpg, third among Stanford players and 15th in the Pac-10 - and three point shooter - shooting 43.1 percent, tops among the Cardinal and sixth in the Pac-10. Though a knee injury ended his season early, his improvement propelled the Cardinal to a third place finish in the Pac-10 after losing their first three Conference games. His scoring average improved to 18.9 ppg in Pac-10 games, as did his three-point shooting (.476, 5th Pac-10). He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 24 after leading Stanford to road wins over UCLA and USC.
HERNANDEZ earns his second consecutive All-Pac-10 recognition. The rudder of a Stanford team that rebounded from the loss of 2004's Pac-10 Player and Coach of the Year (Josh Childress and Mike Montgomery), Hernandez produces 15.4 ppg (2nd Stanford, 8th Pac-10), while leading the team in assists (4.04 apg, 6th) and steals (1.67 spg, 4th). When the Cardinal's leading scorer, Dan Grunfeld, went down with injury, Hernandez responded by scoring a career-high 37 points against UCLA, followed by a 29-point outburst at Oregon State. The Conference leader in free throw percentage last season, Hernandez has had several outstanding efforts from the line in 2005, making 17-of-18 against San Francisco and 10-of-10 at Oregon.
KELATI joins the All-Conference team for the first time, having received honorable mention accolades in 2004. The Cougars' first offensive option, Kelati leads the team in scoring (14.1 ppg, 10th Pac-10), assists (76), thee-point field goal percentage (.408, 7th), three-pointers made (2.78 pg, 2nd) and minutes played (36.15 mpg, 2nd). He has tied for the lead or was the team's leading scorer in 18 of Washington State's 27 games on the season. Kelati was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 31 after scoring 27 points and leading the Cougars to a 70-63 win at Arizona, their first over the Wildcats in 39 tries. Washington State also snapped a streak of 18 straight losses to Stanford, sweeping the season series with the Cardinal.
LUCAS was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the second year in a row. After missing all but one game of the Beavers' non-conference schedule due to injury, Lucas injected energy into the Oregon State lineup just in time for Conference play. In the 18 Pac-10 games, Lucas led the team in scoring (19.1 ppg, 3rd Pac-10), rebounding (7.1 rpg, 8th) and field goal percentage (.547, t5th). Lucas was also particularly potent on the offensive glass, averaging 3.44 offensive rebounds per contest (2nd Pac-10). He received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 3 and Feb. 14 after leading Oregon State to home sweeps of the Los Angeles and Washington schools. Thanks to Lucas's efforts, the Beavers finished the regular season at 16-13, clinching their first winning season since 1989-90.
ROBINSON makes his second appearance on the All-Pac-10 team, having also earned the honor in 2004. Short in stature but a tall order for opposing defenses to handle, Robinson appears in the Pac-10's top ten in six different categories this season - scoring (16.3 ppg, 6th Pac-10), assists (4.90 apg, 3rd), steals (1.83 spg, 3rd), three-point field goal percentage (.403, 8th), assist to turnover ratio (2.37, 2nd) and minutes played (33.07 mpg, 7th). His 142 assists on the season are tied for third most in Husky history, and his 277 career assists are 10th most in Washington's record books. Robinson's 53 steals on the year are tied for sixth in UW's annals - knotted with his steals effort from last season. He is now third all-time in career steals at Washington with 132. Robinson was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 29, after leading the Huskies to wins over Utah, Oklahoma and #19 Alabama at the Great Alaska Shootout.
SIMMONS receives Pac-10 All-Conference recognition for the first time, having emerged as Washington's leading scorer this season. He averages 16.7 ppg (5th Pac-10) and 17.1 ppg in Conference play (7th), while also leading the Huskies in three point field goal percentage (.434, 5th), three point field goals made (2.56 pg, 3rd) and free throw percentage (.851, 4th). He is also second on the team in steals (1.52 spg, t7th) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg). With shooting skills that match his moniker, Simmons' 69 three-pointers on the season are second most in Husky history, and he holds down third place in the UW record books for career three-point percentage (117-of-278, .421).
STOUDAMIRE earns Pac-10 All-Conference honors for the first time, after earning honorable mention recognition in each of the last two years and being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2002. One of the deadliest shooters in the nation, Stoudamire leads Arizona in scoring (18.2 ppg, 2nd Pac-10), free throw percentage (.895, 1st), three point field goal percentage (.530, 2nd), and three point field goals made (3.31 pg, 1st). He is also second on the team in field goal percentage, hitting 51.5 percent of his shots. Stoudamire was three times named the Pac-10 Player of the Week in 2005, earning the honor on Feb. 21 after hitting a school record nine three-pointers against Oregon State. He is sixth on Arizona's career scoring list (1826 pts) and is currently tied with Jason Gardner atop Arizona's three point field goals made list with 318.
THOMPSON joins the All-Conference team for the first time, having received honorable mention in 2004. Thompson leads UCLA and is third in the Pac-10 in both scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 ppg). He leads the Conference in defensive rebounding, averaging 6.12 boards per contest on the defensive glass. Thompson also paces the Bruins in steals (1.42 spg, 9th Pac-10). He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 20 after scoring 29 points against Michigan. Thompson scored 39 points on Feb. 10 against ASU, tied for the most in the Conference this season. With 1,415 career points, Thompson ranks 21st in UCLA history.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
AFFLALO is third on the Bruins in scoring, averaging 11.0 ppg. He also contributes 3.3 rpg and 2.2 apg. He has improved as the season has progressed, averaging 15.5 ppg over the last four games of the regular season, including a 22-point outburst against USC on Feb. 24.
FARMAR is the fifth Bruin to earn Freshman of the Year honors, and the first since Jason Kapono shared the award in 2000. Farmar took the reigns of the UCLA offense after senior point guard Cedric Bozemann went down in preseason and was lost for the year. Farmar has shown no hesitation in the role, leading Pac-10 freshmen in scoring (13.5, 13th Pac-10 overall), assists (5.30, 2nd), free throw percentage (.809, 8th), assist to turnover ratio (1.35, 10th) and minutes played (34.19, 5th). He was the only freshman named Pac-10 Player of the Week this year, earning the honor on Dec. 13 after scoring 25 points and hitting the winning shot in UCLA's victory over Pepperdine on Dec. 11.
HAIRSTON has proved extremely versatile in his first season on the Ducks, leading the team in field goal percentage (.509, 10th Pac-10), while holding down second in scoring (13.1 ppg, 15th) and rebounding (5.0 rpg, 18th). He has led or tied for the team lead in scoring seven times, and also paced the Ducks in rebounding seven times.
PRUITT leads Pac-10 freshmen in steals (1.93 spg, 2nd Pac-10) and three-point field goal percentage (.450, 3rd), while placing second in scoring (12.3 ppg, 19th Pac-10) and assists (3.17 apg, 10th). He leads the Trojans in all four categories. He also leads the Trojans and Pac-10 freshmen in three-point field goals in Conference play, making 2.44 per game (4th).
TAYLOR is third on Oregon in scoring, averaging 11.6 ppg for the season. He also contributes 2.4 rpg and 1.63 apg on the year. Taylor has led the Ducks in scoring on nine occasions, including a career-high 26 points against Washington State on Jan. 15.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
ROMAR, 46, has guided Washington to a 24-5 record, including a 14-4 mark in Pac-10 play, good for second place in the Conference. The Huskies' 24 wins are the most recorded by a Washington team since the 1984 squad finished 24-7, and mark the first time that the UW has broken the 20-win barrier since 1998. Washington's 14 Pac-10 wins are also the most since 1984. The Huskies finished their regular season schedule a perfect 15-0 at Bank of America Arena, the 11th unblemished home mark in UW history. The last time Washington lost a home game was Jan. 10, 2004 - a streak of 22 games, third longest in the country. The Huskies have become one of the highest-flying offensive squads in the country under Romar's tutelage, scoring an average of 86.9 points per game in 2005, good for first place in the Pac-10 and ranking them in the top five nationally. The Huskies also lead the Conference in scoring margin (+13.7), field goal percentage (.488), assists (19.52 apg), turnover margin (+4.28), assist to turnover ratio (1.34) and offensive rebounds (15.00 orpg). The Huskies have not backed down from tough competition, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 record against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. This is the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for Romar.
ALL-TIME PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS
SEASON, PLAYER OF THE YEAR, FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR*, COACH OF THE YEAR
2004-05: Ike Diogu, ASU, Jordan Farmar, UCLA, Lorenzo Romar, WASH
2003-04: Josh Childress, STAN, Leon Powe, CAL, Mike Montgomery, STAN
2002-03: Luke Ridnour, ORE, Ike Diogu, ASU, Mike Montgomery, STAN + Lute Olson, ARIZ
2001-02: Sam Clancy, USC, Salim Stoudamire, ARIZ, Ernie Kent, ORE
2000-01: Sean Lampley, CAL, Luke Ridnour, ORE, Steve Lavin, UCLA
1999-00: Eddie House, ASU, Casey Jacobsen, STAN + Jason Kapono, UCLA, Mike Montgomery, STAN
1998-99: Jason Terry, ARIZ, Michael Wright, ARIZ, Mike Montgomery, STAN
1997-98: Mike Bibby, ARIZ, Baron Davis, UCLA, Lute Olson, ARIZ
1996-97: Ed Gray, CAL, Mike Bibby, ARIZ, Ben Braun, CAL
1995-96: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, CAL, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, CAL, Bob Bender, WASH
1994-95: Ed O'Bannon, UCLA + Damon Stoudamire, ARIZ, Tremaine Fowkles, CAL, Jim Harrick, UCLA
1993-94: Jason Kidd, CAL, Brevin Knight, STAN, Lute Olson, ARIZ
1992-93: Chris Mills, ARIZ, Jason Kidd, CAL, Lute Olson, ARIZ,
1991-92: Harold Miner, USC, Mark Pope, WASH, George Raveling, USC
1990-91: Terrell Brandon, ORE, Jamal Faulkner, ASU, Kelvin Sampson, WSU
1989-90: Gary Payton, OSU, Harold Miner, USC, Jim Anderson, OSU
1988-89: Sean Elliott, ARIZ, Don MacLean, UCLA, Lute Olson, ARIZ + Ralph Miller, OSU
1987-88: Sean Elliott, ARIZ, Mike Hayward, WASH, Lute Olson, ARIZ
1986-87: Jose Ortiz, OSU, Gary Payton, OSU, Walt Hazzard, UCLA
1985-86: Chris Welp, WASH, Sean Elliott, ARIZ + Pooh Richardson, UCLA, Lute Olson, ARIZ
1984-85: Wayne Carlander, USC, Leonard Taylor, CAL, Stan Morrison, USC
1983-84: A.C. Green, OSU, Chris Welp, WASH, Marv Harshman, WASH
1982-83: Kenny Fields, UCLA, Dave Butler, CAL, George Raveling, WSU
1981-82: Lester Connor, OSU, Johnny Rogers, STAN, Marv Harshman, WASH
1980-81: Steve Johnson, OSU, John Revelli, STAN, Ralph Miller, OSU
1979-80: Don Collins, WSU, Byron Scott, ASU, Ned Wulk, ASU
1978-79: David Greenwood, UCLA, Bryan Rison, WSU, Bob Boyd, USC
1977-78: David Greenwood, UCLA, --, Gary Cunningham, UCLA
1976-77: Marques Johnson, UCLA, --, Dick Harter, ORE
1975-76: Ron Lee, ORE, --, Dick DiBiaso, STAN + George Raveling, WSU
* - Rookie of the Year from 1978-79 to 1982-83