Oregon's Tajuan Porter Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 26, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon guard Tajuan Porter has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 19-25.
Porter, a freshman from Detroit, Mich., averaged 20 points and 2 steals last week as the Ducks swept the Washington schools at home. In the Ducks' 64-59 come-from-behind upset over No. 9 Washington State, Porter scored 11 straight points in a two minute span late in the second half to give Oregon the lead. Porter was 5-for-5 from the charity stripe and shot .667 from both the floor (6-of-9) and beyond the arc (4-for-6) against the Cougars, tallying a total of 21 points. The freshman's hot streak continued into Oregon's 93-85 win over Washington as he went 3-for-6 from three-point range against the Huskies. Porter finished the game with 19 points, three assists, two steals and a board. He has now scored in double figures in seven straight games.
Porter reclaimed the league's lead in free throw percentage by hitting 13-of-14 (.929) in the two games. With seven trey's on the weekend, Porter needs just one more to tie Jason Kapono's Pac-10 freshman record of 82 set in 2000. Earlier this season, Porter tied a Pac-10 record and set a school mark with 10 three-pointers against Portland State.
This is the first weekly honor for Porter and Oregon's 27th Player of the Week all-time.
2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Chase Budinger, Fr., F, ARIZ. Nov. 27 - Darren Collison, So., G, UCLA. Dec. 4 - Josh Shipp, So., G/F, UCLA. Dec. 11 - Daven Harmeling, So., F, WSU. Dec. 18 - Bryce Taylor, Jr., G, ORE. Dec. 26 - Spencer Hawes, Fr., C, WASH. Jan. 1 - Ivan Radenovic, Sr., F, ARIZ. Jan. 8 - Aaron Brooks, Sr., G, ORE. Jan. 15 - Anthony Goods, So., G, STAN. Jan. 22 - Nick Young, Jr., G/F, USC. Jan. 29 - Brook Lopez, Fr., F, STAN. Feb. 5 - Daven Harmeling, So., F, WSU. Feb. 12 - Jon Brockman, So. F, WASH. Feb. 19 - Darren Collison, So., G, UCLA. Feb. 26 - Tajaun Porter, Fr., G, ORE.