Four Cougars Earn Pac-10 Honors
March 10, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior forward Robbie Cowgill, senior guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver, and junior center Aron Baynes earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honors, commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
In a vote of the Pac-10 coaches during their meetings last spring, the league expanded the all-conference honors from one team of 10 players to three teams of five players each. Last season Weaver and Low were both named all-conference while head coach Tony Bennett was named the conference Coach of the Year.
This year Weaver, a native of Beloit, Wisc., garnered second-team honors while Low, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was named to the third team. Baynes, from Cairns, Australia, received honorable mention honors. Additionally, Weaver was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team while Cowgill, a native of Austin, Texas, was an honorable mention selection.
Weaver is averaging 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while starting all 30 games. He has scored in double figures 16 times, including a career-best 23 against Stanford, while leading WSU in scoring five times and rebounding seven times. He ranks fourth in the conference in assists, 19th in rebounding, fourth in steals (1.70 spg) and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.57. In addition to his offensive numbers, Weaver leads the Cougars in steals (51) while adding 19 blocked shots.
On his first basket against USC Feb. 9, Weaver became the 29th Cougar to score 1,000 career points and enters the Pac-10 Conference tournament 19th on WSU's all-time scoring list with 1,084 points. He also ranks among the top 10 in careers assists (third, 445), steals (third, 179) and blocked shots (ninth, 87).
Last week Weaver and Low were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 14 team, the second-straight season Weaver was bestowed first team accolades. Weaver also becomes the first Cougar player to receive either first- or second-team honors in consecutive seasons since Isaac Fontaine (1996-97).
Low leads Washington State in scoring at 13.9 points per game, which ranks 12th in the conference, while amassing 22 double-digit scoring games this season. He ranks eighth in the conference in steals (1.43), third in three-point field goals made (2.60 per game) and 11th in minutes played at 32.93 per game.
Entering the Pac-10 tournament, Low ranks 15th on the Cougars' career scoring list with 1,212 points, while his .804 (172-214) career free throw percentage is third all-time. He also ranks fifth in three-point field goals made (206), 13th in three-point field goal percentage (.379) and 13th in assists (249).
Baynes is averaging 10.6 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game this season, with the latter total ranking 11th in the conference. His .588 field goal percentage also ranks fourth in the Pac-10. He has scored in double figures 19 times this season, including a season-high 23 against Portland State, and had a season-best 12 rebounds against The Citadel. Baynes has led the Cougars in rebounding 17 times.
Cowgill leads the team in blocked shots with 27 while adding 20 steals to go with his 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is tied for fourth on the Cougars' career blocks list with 116. This marks the first all-conference recognition of Cowgill's career.
WSU takes its No. 3 seed into the Pacific-10 Tournament where it will take on sixth-seeded Oregon, Thursday, March 13 at 6:04 p.m. at the Staples Center at Los Angeles.
ALL-PAC-10 TEAMFIRST TEAMRyan Anderson CAL F So. 6-10 240 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)James Harden ASU G Fr. 6-4 218 Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)Brook Lopez STAN F So. 7-0 260 Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)Kevin Love UCLA C Fr. 6-10 271 Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego HS)O.J. Mayo USC G Fr. 6-5 200 Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington HS)
SECOND TEAMJerryd Bayless ARIZ G Fr. 6-3 199 Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)Jon Brockman WASH F Jr. 6-7 255 Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)Darren Collison UCLA G Jr. 6-0 160 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)Maarty Leunen ORE F Sr. 6-9 220 Redmond, Ore. (Redmond HS)Kyle Weaver WSU G Sr. 6-6 201 Beloit, Wis. (Beloit Memorial HS)
THIRD TEAMChase Budinger ARIZ F So. 6-7 203 Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)Taj Gibson USC F So. 6-9 220 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)Derrick Low WSU G Sr. 6-2 196 Honolulu, Hawaii (Iolani School)Jeff Pendergraph ASU F Jr. 6-9 230 Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)Russell Westbrook UCLA G So. 6-3 189 Hawthorne, Calif. (Leuzinger HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Aron Baynes (WSU, Jr., C), Patrick Christopher (CAL, So., G/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Jr., G), Malik Hairston (ORE, Sr., G), Jordan Hill (ARIZ, So., F), Davon Jefferson (USC, Fr., F), Mitch Johnson (STAN, Jr., G), Robin Lopez (STAN, So., C), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA, Jr., F), Josh Shipp (UCLA, Jr. F).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMJerryd Bayless ARIZ G 6-3 199 Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)James Harden ASU G 6-4 218 Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)Davon Jefferson USC F 6-8 215 Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS)Kevin Love UCLA C 6-10 271 Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego HS)O.J. Mayo USC G 6-5 200 Huntington, W.V. (Huntington HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Ty Abbott (ASU, G), Angelo Johnson (USC, G), Harper Kamp (CAL, F), Venoy Overton (WASH, G).
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Darren Collison UCLA G Jr. 6-0 160 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)Taj Gibson USC F So. 6-9 220 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)Robin Lopez STAN C So. 7-0 255 Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)Kyle Weaver WSU G Sr. 6-6 201 Beloit, Wis. (Beloit Memorial HS)Russell Westbrook UCLA G So. 6-3 189 Hawthorne, Calif. (Leuzinger HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Jon Brockman (WASH, Jr., F), Robbie Cowgill (WSU, Sr., F), Jordan Hill (ARIZ, So., F), Brook Lopez (STAN, So., F), Kevin Love (UCLA, Fr., C), O.J. Mayo (USC, Fr., G), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA, Jr., F), Jawann McClellan (ARIZ, Sr., G), Fred Washington (STAN, Sr., G).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Love, UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kevin Love, UCLA
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Russell Westbrook, UCLA
COACH OF THE YEAR: Trent Johnson, Stanford