Jeff Pendergraph Earns Pac-10 All-Freshman Honors

March 6, 2006

Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph has been named to Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, the league announced Monday.

Pendergraph has led ASU in scoring (15.6 ppg.) and rebounding (8.6 rpg.) in the past eight games as ASU has posted a 4-4 record. He has posted double digits in every game in that span to go with four double-doubles. The Etiwanda, Calif., native is averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 boards on the year and has started the past 21 games.

One of the five members of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, Pendergraph has continued to improve after missing all of the fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph is fourth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage in league games, shooting 51.5 percent (87-of-169). Among Pac-10 freshman, he is second in the league in points per game (11.1), third in rebounds per game (6.2), third in field goal percentage (.505) and first in blocks per game (0.85). Pendergraph has 15 double-figure scoring games (including past eight) and is averaging 14.2 points and 9.4 boards in the past five games.

Since the calendar turned to 2006, The Etiwanda, Calif., native is averaging 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in those 16 games.

ASU's two most recent All-Freshman honorees are both playing in the NBA (Ike Diogu in 2002-03 and Eddie House in 1996-97).

Junior Kevin Kruger earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, as he is among the Pac-10 top-10 in minutes per game (38.93/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.81/first), free throw percentage (.815/seventh), steals (1.48 pg/seventh), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36/eighth), scoring (14.7 ppg./eighth), three-point percentage (.392/ninth) and assists (3.63 pg/tenth).

Washington senior guard Brandon Roy was named the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Ben Howland of UCLA is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

ASU Pacific-10 All-Freshman SelectionsSun Devil                               SeasonJeff Pendergraph                        2005-06Ike Diogu (Freshman of the Year)        2002-03Eddie House                              1996-97Ron Riley                                1992-93Mario Bennett                            1991-92Dwayne Fontana                           1990-91Jamal Faulkner (Freshman of the Year)   1990-91Chris Sandle                            1984-85Steve Beck                               1983-84Byron Scott (Freshman of the Year)       1979-80

Pac-10 Freshman Scoring LeadersRk.     Freshman, School        PPG1.      Marcus Williams, UA     12.42.      Jeff Pendergraph, ASU   11.13.      Jon Brockman, UW        9.04.      LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA   8.85.      Justin Dentmon, UW      8.1

Pac-10 Freshman Reb. LeadersRk. Freshman, School RPG1. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA 8.42. Jon Brockman, UW 6.93. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU 6.24. Marcus Williams, UA 4.4

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMANName                            School Pos      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)

ALL-PAC-10Name            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).
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