James Harden Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Dec. 1, 2008

ARIZONA STATE sophomore guard James Harden has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 24 - 30, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Harden was named the MVP of the 76 Classic in Anaheim as Arizona State went 2-1 for a third-place finish in the tournament. In the three games played, the Los Angeles, Calif., native averaged 29.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals for the Sun Devils. He scored a career-high 40 points against UTEP Sunday, becoming the first Sun Devil to score 40 points in a game since Eddie House had 40 against UCLA in 2000, and just the third Sun Devil to ever post 40 points in a game.

Harden now has 20 20-point games in his career and three 30-plus point games this season as he totaled 33 against Pepperdine, 32 against Baylor and 40 against UTEP. He currently leads the Pac-10 with 27.0 points per game and is tied for third in steals with 1.8 per contest.

This is the third weekly honor for Harden and the 28th all-time for Arizona State.

Also nominated: Chase Budinger, Jr., F, ARIZ; Jerome Randle, Jr., G, CAL; Anthony Goods, Sr., G, STAN; Jrue Holiday, Fr., G, UCLA; Klay Thompson, Fr., G, WSU

2008-09 U.S.Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 17 - Darren Collison, Sr., G, UCLA; Nov. 24 - James Harden, So., G, ASU; Dec. 1 - James Harden, So., G, ASU

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