Budinger Named to Naismith Trophy List
Dec. 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Chase Budinger was named to the 2008-09 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list, it was announced Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The Wildcat junior is included among a list of 50 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2009 Naismith Trophy, which has been given to college basketball's player of the year annually since 1969. Budinger is one of six Pac-10 players on the list, which ranks third nationally.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound forward from Encinitas, Calif., is averaging 18.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game through nine games in 2008-09, while leading the team with 24 three-point field goals and a .600 (24-of-40) three-point field goal percentage. He has scored in double nine times to date, and is averaging 36.0 minutes per game.
In February, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow this list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Final balloting will take place in March.The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four in Detroit, Mich.
Arizona (7-2) is next in action on Saturday, Dec. 20, against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Tip-off is scheduled for noon PST and can be seen nationally on the Versus network.
2008-09 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List:
Last First Class Position SchoolAbrams A.J. Sr. Guard TexasAdrien Jeff Sr. Forward ConnecticutAkognon Josh Sr. Guard Cal. St. FullertonBlair DeJuan So. Forward PittsburghBrockman Jon Sr. Forward WashingtonBrown Derrick Jr. Forward XavierBudinger Chase Jr. Forward ArizonaCalathes Nick So. Guard/Forward FloridaClark Earl Jr. Guard/Forward LouisvilleCollins Sherron Jr. Guard KansasCollison Darren Sr. Guard UCLACummard Lee Sr. Guard Brigham YoungCurry Stephen Jr. Guard DavidsonDowney Devan Jr. Guard South CarolinaDozier Robert Sr. Forward MemphisEllington Wayne Jr. Guard North CarolinaGibson Taj Jr. Forward Southern CaliforniaGriffin Blake So. Forward OklahomaHansbrough Tyler Sr. Forward North CarolinaHarangody Luke Jr. Forward Notre DameHarden James So. Guard Arizona StateHenderson Gerald Jr. Guard/Forward DukeHeytvelt Josh Sr. Forward GonzagaHudson Lester Sr. Guard Tennessee-MartinHummel Robbie So. Forward PurdueJames Dominic Sr. Guard MarquetteJames Damion Jr. Guard/Forward TexasJerrells Curtis Sr. Guard BaylorLawal Gani So. Forward Georgia TechLawson Ty Jr. Guard North CarolinaMaynor Eric Sr. Guard Virginia CommonwealthMayo Josh Sr. Guard Illinois-ChicagoMcAlarney Kyle Sr. Guard Notre DameMcClinton Jack Sr. Guard MiamiMcNeal Jerel Sr. Guard MarquetteMills Patrick So. Guard Saint Mary'sMoore E'Twaun So. Guard PurdueMorgan Raymar Jr. Forward Michigan StateOgilvy A.J. So. Center VanderbiltPargo Jeremy Sr. Guard GonzagaPatterson Patrick So. Forward KentuckyPrice A.J. Sr. Guard ConnecticutReynolds Scottie Jr. Guard VillanovaRice Tyrese Sr. Guard Boston CollegeSmith Tyler Jr. Forward TennesseeSteele Ronald Sr. Guard AlabamaThabeet Hasheem Jr. Center ConnecticutVaden Robert Sr. Guard/Forward Alabama-BirminghamWilkinson Gary Sr. Forward Utah StateYoung Sam Sr. Forward Pittsburgh