Pac-10 Olympic Spotlight: Basketball

Aug. 15, 2008

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PAC-10 OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:

PAC-10 ATHLETE:Jason Kidd
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: California
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Former Athlete (1993-94)
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): U.S. Men's Basketball

Jason Kidd is the starting point guard for the 2008 men's basketball Olympic team. The United States is 3-0 thus far in the games, including a 92-69 victory over Greece, the team that stunned the Americans two years ago in the semifinals of the 2006 world championships.

The U.S. have now clinched a spot in the medal round. The winner will earn the group's top seed for the quarterfinals. First up, they take on world champion Spain Saturday night.

(Courtesy of www.nbcolympics.com)

Although his Cal career spanned just two seasons, Kidd had a tremendous impact on the Golden Bear program. He was voted National Freshman of the Year in 1993 after leading the country in steals with 110 and guiding the Bears to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. As a sophomore, Kidd was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and a first-team Associated Press All-American when he dished out a national-best 272 assists (9.1 apg) and recorded four triple doubles.

Kidd set a school record with 18 assists at Stanford in 1994 and established a Cal mark with eight steals vs. Washington in 1993. His career total of 204 steals is also a school record, snapping the previous record in only his 46th game. Overall, Kidd averaged 14.9 ppg and 8.4 apg as a collegian.

Kidd declared for the NBA Draft in 1994 and was a taken with the second overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. He was named Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill in 1995. Over his professional career, Kidd has been named a starter in the All-Star game four times and he is a four-time first-team All-Defensive performer. He ranks fifth on the NBA all-time list for assists per game (9.2) behind Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas.

(Courtesy of www.calbears.com)

PAC-10 OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:

PAC-10 ATHLETE:Lisa Leslie
PAC-10 INSTITUTION: USC
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE: Former Athlete (1992-94)
OLYMPIC EVENT(S): U.S. Women's Basketball

Lisa Leslie and United States women's basketball team are now 4-0 in the 2008 Olympic games and have secured the top seed with a 93-55 victory over Spain. With the win, the U.S. has 29 straight victories in Olympic contests. The last loss was to the Unified team in the 1992 semifinals.

(Courtesy of www.nbcolympics.com)

Now a four-time Olympian, Leslie had her USC jersey retired in 2006. Her jersey now hangs in USC's Galen Center in tribute to her outstanding career with the Women of Troy and beyond. Leslie also has gold medals from the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships.

A three-time WNBA MVP with the Los Angeles Sparks, Leslie ended her USC career as a three-time All-American with 2,414 career points. As a senior, Leslie was named the 1994 Naismith National Player of the Year.

(Courtesy of www.usctrojans.com)


PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT (as of August 15, 2008)
BY MEDAL
GOLD 4
SILVER 3
BRONZE 4
PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT* (as of August 15, 2008)
BY INSTITUTION
CALIFORNIA 8
USC 5
STANFORD 3
ARIZONA 1
UCLA 1
ARIZONA STATE 0
OREGON 0
OREGON STATE 0
WASHINGTON 0
WASHINGTON STATE 0

*Pac-10 Medal Count reflects individual medals as well as medals won as part of a team effort.

Click Here for a complete breakdown of Pac-10 Olympic Medals by sport.

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