Four Cats Honored with All-Conference Honors

March 9, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Four University of Arizona men's basketball players received postseason honors, as the Pacific-10 Conference announced its postseason honors Monday.

Chase Budinger, Kyle Fogg, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise received recognition in voting done by the league's head coaches. Budinger, Hill and Wise were all-Pac-10 honorees, while Fogg garnered honorable mention all-Freshman kudos.

Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 2318-pound junior forward from Encinitas, Calif., earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors after averaging 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 31 regular-season appearances. Budinger shoots 48.3 percent (193-of-400) from the field and 42.9 percent (63-of-147) from three-point range. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals (1.5 spg), free throw percentage (.817), three-point field goals made (2.0 per game), three-point percentage, assist:turnover ratio (1.4:1) and minutes played (37.5). Budinger has finished in double figures 28 times this year, including 14 20-point games. He was a third team all-conference pick last season and the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Hill, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound junior forward from Atlanta, Ga., was a first-team all-Pac-10 and all-Defensive team selection after averaging 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game in 30 appearances. Hill shoots 55.4 percent (225-of-406) from the field and a leads the conference 17 double-doubles. He's scored in double figures a team-leading 29 times this year, including a high of 30 on Jan. 24 vs. Houston, and posted 18 double-figure rebounding games with a high of 22 on Nov. 18 vs. UAB. Hill was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 and all-Defensive team selection last year.

Wise, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound junior guard from Houston, Texas, was an second-team all-Pac-10 pick after averaging 15.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 31 appearances. Wise shoots 45.0 percent (152-of-338) from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range (59-of-139) and 83.1 percent (103-of-124) from the free throw line to go with a team-leading 47 steals. He has scored in double figures 23 times this season, including seven 20-point games. It is the first time he has been honored by the league.

Fogg, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound freshman guard from Brea, Calif., was an honorable mention Pac-10 all-Freshman team selection after averaging 6.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 31 appearances. He shoots 46.8 percent (59-of-126) from the field, and ranks third on the team in assists and steals. Fogg has made 23 starts and averages 23.0 minutes per game, while posting seven double-figure scoring games.

Arizona (19-12, 9-9 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, March 12, vs. Arizona State at the 2009 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. The game will tip-off at noon PDT and will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.


ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

FIRST TEAM


Name, School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Jon Brockman, WASH, F, Sr., 6-7, 255, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-7, 218, Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Patrick Christopher, CAL, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Justin Dentmon, WASH, G, Sr., 5-11, 185, Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
James Harden, ASU, G, So., 6-5, 218, Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)
Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Jerome Randle, CAL, G, Jr., 5-10, 160, Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)
Taylor Rochestie, WSU, G, Sr., 6-1, 186, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Tulane)

SECOND TEAM


Name, School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Josh Shipp, UCLA, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 220, Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, Fr., 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Nic Wise, ARIZ, G, Jr., 5-10, 177, Houston, Texas (Kingwood HS)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Alfred Aboya (UCLA, Sr., C/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Sr., G), Calvin Haynes (OSU, So., G), Lawrence Hill (STAN, Sr., F), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Jr., F/C).

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name, School, Pos, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
DeAngelo Casto, WSU, F, 6-8, 229, Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
DeMar DeRozan, USC, F, 6-7, 220, Compton, Calif. (Compton HS)
Jeremy Green, STAN, G, 6-4, 190, Austin, Texas (Bowie HS)
Jrue Holiday, UCLA, G, 6-3, 180, North Hollywood, Calif. (Campbell Hall HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Klay Thompson, WSU, G, 6-6, 187, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).

PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name School Pos Yr. Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Alfred Aboya, UCLA, C/F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (N.H.) Prep Academy)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Venoy Overton (WASH, So., G), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, Sr., F), Seth Tarver (OSU, Jr., G/F).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Thomas, Washington
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gibson, USC
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Dentmon, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington

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