Ben Howland, Jordan Farmar, Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Earn Pac-10 Honors
March 6, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., - In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, Washington senior guard Brandon Roy has beennamed the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has beennamed Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Ben Howland of UCLA is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner TomHansen announced today.
The Complete Conference Honors:
|Name||School||Pos||Yr||Ht||Wt||Hometown (Last School)|
|Hassan Adams||ARIZ||G||Sr.||6-4||220||Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS)|
|Arron Afflalo||UCLA||G||So.||6-5||200||Compton, Calif. (Centennial HS)|
|Jordan Farmar||UCLA||G||So.||6-2||180||Van Nuys, Calif. (Taft HS)|
|Matt Haryasz||STAN||F||Sr.||6-10||230||Page, Ariz. (Page HS)|
|Chris Hernandez||STAN||G||Sr.||6-2||190||Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)|
|Leon Powe||CAL||F||So.||6-8||240||Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Tech HS)|
|Gabe Pruitt||USC||G||So.||6-4||170||Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS)|
|Brandon Roy||WASH||G||Sr.||6-6||210||Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)|
|Ayinde Ubaka||CAL||G||Jr.||6-4||200||Oakland, Calif. (Oakland HS)|
|Nick Young||USC||G/F||So.||6-6||195||Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS)|
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Malik Hairston (ORE, So., G), DeVon Hardin (CAL, So., F), Bobby Jones(WASH, Sr., F), Kevin Kruger (ASU, Jr., G), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA, Fr., F), Ivan Radenovic (ARIZ, Jr., F),Jamaal Williams (WASH, Sr., F).
|Name||School||Pos||Yr||Ht||Wt||Hometown (Last School)|
|Jon Brockman||WASH||F||6-7||245||Snohomish, Wash.||(Snohomish HS)|
|Justin Dentmon||WASH||G||6-0||180||Carbondale, Ill.||(The Winchendon School, Mass.)|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute||UCLA||F||6-7||215||Yaounde, Cameroon||(Montverde, Fla., Academy)|
|Jeff Pendergraph||ASU||F||6-10||210||Etwanda, Calif.||(Etiwanda HS)|
|Marcus Williams||ARIZ||F||6-7||205||Seattle, Wash.||(Roosevelt HS)|
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Darren Collison (UCLA, G), Ryan Francis (USC, G), Mitch Johnson (STAN,G), Theo Robertson (CAL, F).
ADAMS receives All-Pac-10 honors for the first time. He's the only Pac-10 player all-time to record 1,700 points/700rebounds/200 steals. His current career totals stand at 1,777 points, 700 rebounds and 234 steals. Adams leads Arizona,and ranks third in the conference in scoring (17.3 ppg). He leads the Pac-10 in steals with 78, averaging 2.69 steals pergame.
AFFLALO makes his first All-Pac-10 appearance following an All-Pac-10 Freshman team selection last year. He ledthe Bruins and was fifth in the league in scoring , averaging 17.1 points per game. Afflalo paced the Bruins in scoring in16 of 30 games this season, reached double figures in 28 of 30 games, and has scored 20 or more points in 11 contests.
FARMAR, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season, makes the All-Conference team for the first time. He currentlypaces the Pac-10 in assists, averaging 5.46 assists per game. His 14.0 points per game scoring average ranks 11th in theleague. UCLA leads the Pac-10 with 104 All-Conference selections.
HERNANDEZ earns his third consecutive All-Pac-10 recognition. He's the 39th player in Pac-10 history to earn All-Conference honors three or more times. In league play only, Hernandez ranked ninth in scoring with a 14.8 points pergame average. In addition, he led all players in league play in free throw percentage, knocking down 79 of 84 freethrow attempts (.940), and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 45-of-90 (.500) from beyond thearc.
HARYASZ was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the first time. Haryasz currently ranks seventh in scoring(16.6 ppg), second in rebounding (8.9 rpg), and second in blocked shots (1.72 bpg). He's posted nine double-doubles thisseason and 19 for his career.
POWE makes his second appearance on the All-Pac-10 team, having also earned the honor in 2004 when he was namedPac-10 Freshman of the Year. Powe leads the Pac-10 with 13 double-doubles, and is nearly averaging a double-doublefor the season with a league-leading 20.0 points and 9.9 rebounds.
PRUITT receives Pac-10 All-Conference recognition for the first time. He is the third member of last year's Pac-10 All-Freshman squad to receive All-Pac-10 honors this season, joining Afflalo and Farmar. Pruitt averages 16.7 points,mainly scoring from three-point range where he averages 2.71 three-pointers per game. He also ranks second in steals,averaging 2.25 thefts per game.
ROY is a first-time All-Conference selection, and the second Husky to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year (Chris Welp,1986). Statistically speaking, Roy ranks among the top 10 in 10 of the 13 categories kept by the conference for Pac-10games only. In conference action only, Roy led the league in scoring (22.0 ppg), ninth in rebounding (6.4 rpg), third infield goal percentage (.518), fourth in assists (4.28 apg), fifth in free throw percentage (.827), sixth in steals (1.28 spg),eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.424), first in assist/turnover ration (2.08), eighth in offensive rebounds(2.33 orpg), ninth in defensive rebounds (4.06 dprg), and seventh in minutes played (34.44 mpg). Overall, Roy currentlyranks second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Roy finished the Pac-10 season in flurry, winning threeconsecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. That's been done only one other time in the Pac-10 over the course of oneseason (Arizona State's Eddie House in 2000). Roy posted 20 or more points in 15 games this season, including aWashington record by scoring 20 or more points in nine consecutive games.
UBAKA earns Pac-10 All-Conference honors for the first time. After averaging 6.3 points over the course of his first twoseason, Ubaka exploded to post a 14.6 points per game scoring average (9th in the Pac-10). He's guided the Bears' ballcontrol offense to a league-low 11.9 turnovers per game.
YOUNG joins the All-Conference team for the first time. Young and teammate Pruitt mark the first set of Trojanteammates to earn All-Pac-10 in the same season since 1992 (Duane Cooper and Harold Miner). Young leads USC and isfourth in the Pac-10, averaging 17.2 points. Averaging 6.7 rebounds per game (6th), Young joins Cal's Powe andStanford's Haryasz as the only players that rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
BROCKMAN is the second Husky freshman to record 200 or more rebounds in a season. He ranks fourth in the league,averaging 6.9 rebounds per game. He's fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game, while shooting ateam-best 52.4 percent from the field (109-of-208).
DENTMON set a Washington freshman record with 112 assists, averaging 3.86 per game. In addition, he's averaging8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and his 83.3 percent shooting (80-of-96) from the free throw line ranks third in the Pac-10.
MBAH A MOUTE gives UCLA back-to-back Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. He's the sixth Bruin to earn theaward. Mbah a Moute averages 8.8 points and leads all Pac-10 freshman in rebounding, averaging 8.4 rebounds pergame. He's led the Bruins in rebounding in 25 of 30 games this season and set a UCLA freshman record with sevendouble-doubles.
PENDERGRAPH has had a solid freshman season for the Sun Devils, averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, whileshooting 50.5 percent from the field (112-of-222). He was impressive over the final eight games of the regular season,scoring double figures in each game for a 15.6 points per game average.
WILLIAMS leads all Pac-10 freshman in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game, which ranks second on the Arizonasquad. In addition, he's averaging 4.4 rebounds and a team-leading 44.4 percent shooting from three-point range.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
HOWLAND, 48, has guided UCLA to a 24-6 record, including a 14-4 mark in Pac-10 play to capture the Bruins' 28thleague title and first since 1997. The last time UCLA won more games in a season was during its 1995 NCAAchampsionship season (31-2). It also marks the 42nd time in school history the Bruins have won 20 games. Howland haskept the Bruins in the Top 25 all season, with a high ranking of No. 11 coming on Dec. 26. While this is Howland's firstPac-10 Coach of the Year honor, it's his third conference coach of the year award overall. He picked up Big SkyConference Coach of the Year in 1997 while at Northern Arizona, and was tabbed 2002 Big East Coach of the Yearwhile at Pittsburgh. It's only the fifth time a UCLA coach has won league coach of the year honors since the awardwas first handed out in 1976. The other four coaches were Gary Cunningham (1978), Walt Hazard (1987), Jim Harrick(1995), and Steve Lavin (2001).