Thompson, Farmar and Afflalo Earn Pac-10 Acclaim

March 7, 2005

UCLA senior forward Dijon Thompson and freshman guards Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo have earned Pacific-10 Conference honors in a vote of the league's 10 coaches.

Thompson has been selected to the All-Pac-10 team. UCLA's leading scorer (18.2) and rebounder (8.1), he ranks third in the Pac-10 in both categories. 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. Thompsonscored 39 points on Feb. 10 against ASU, tied for the most in theConference this season.With 1,415 career points, Thompson ranks 21st inUCLA history.

Farmar has been selected the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He is the fifth Bruin to earn Freshman of the Year honors, and the first since Jason Kapono shared the award in 2000. Farmar has started every game at point guard and has done an outstanding job, 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.

In addition, Farmar was also an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.

Jordan Farmar is the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

Afflalo joins Farmar on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Like Farmar, he has started all 27 games this season in the backcourt. He is third on the Bruins in scoring, averaging 11.0 ppg. He also contributes 3.3 rpg and 2.2 apg and is always assigned an opponent's top scoring threat on defense. In his last four games, he has averaged 15.5 ppg, including a 22-point outburst against USC on Feb. 24.

Arizona State junior forward Ike Diogu was named the Player of the Year and Lorenzo Romar of Washington was selected Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

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


COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington

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