California's Randle Named Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year
March 8, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., - In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, CALIFORNIA senior guard Jerome Randle has been named the 2009-10 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, ARIZONA forward Derrick Williams has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; OREGON STATE senior guard/forward Seth Tarver has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; USC sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic has been named Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and Herb Sendek of ARIZONA STATE is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
The Complete Conference Honors:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jerome Randle, California
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Derrick Williams, Arizona
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Seth Tarver, Oregon State
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikola Vucevic, USC
COACH OF THE YEAR: Herb Sendek, Arizona State
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jerome Randle, California
|Ty Abbott, ASU||G||Jr.||Phoenix, ARIZ|
|Patrick Christopher, CAL||G||Sr.||Compton, Calif.|
|Landry Fields, STAN||G/F||Sr.||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Quincy Pondexter, WASH||F||Sr.||Fresno, Calif.|
|Jerome Randle, CAL||G||Sr.||Chicago, Ill.|
|Michael Roll, UCLA||G||Sr.||Aliso Viejo, Calif.|
|Isaiah Thomas, WASH||G||So.||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Klay Thompson, WSU||G||So.||Ladera Ranch, Calif.|
|Derrick Williams, ARIZ||F||Fr.||La Mirada, Calif.|
|Nic Wise, ARIZ||G||Sr.||Houston, Texas|
|Jamal Boykin, CAL||F||Sr.||Los Angeles, Calif|
|Jeremy Green, STAN||G||So.||Austin, Texas|
|Calvin Haynes, OSU||G||Jr.||Reseda, Calif.|
|Theo Robertson, CAL||F||Sr.||Pittsburg, Calif.|
|Nikola Vecevic, USC||F||So.||Bar, Montenegro|
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): DeAngelo Casto (WSU, So., F), Derek Glasser (ASU, Sr., G), Dwight Lewis (USC, Sr., G), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Sr., F/C), Seth Tarver (OSU, Sr., G/F).
Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team
|Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA||F||6-9||Los Angeles, Calif|
|Trent Lockett, ASU||G||6-4||Minnetonka, Minn.|
|Reggie Moore, WSU||G||6-2||Seattle, Wash.|
|Reeves Nelson, UCLA||F||6-8||Modesto, Calif.|
|Derrick Williams, ARIZ||F||6-8||La Mirada, Calif.|
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): E.J. Singler (ORE, G/F).
Pac-10 All-Defensive Team Chihuahua, Mexico Chatsworth, Calif.
DeAngelo Cato, WSU
Jorge Gutierrez, CAL
Justin Holiday, WASH
Venoy Overton, WASH
Seth Tarver, OSU
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Eric Boateng (ASU, Sr., C), Patrick Christopher (CAL, Sr., G), Marcus Johnson (USC, Sr., F), Nikola Vucevic (USC, So., F).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
RANDLE becomes the fifth California player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year, joining Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997) and Sean Lampley (2001). Randle led the Bears to their first Pac-10 title since 1960. He topped the team in scoring (18.7 ppg/4th in Pac-10), and was among the league leaders in assists (4.5 apg/2nd in Pac-10), three-point field goals per game (2.7 pg/2nd in Pac-10), three-point field goal percentage (.404/7th in Pac-10) and free throw percentage (.927/1st in Pac-10). He's posted 20 or more points 14 times this season, including a career-high 39 at Washington State (Jan. 14). With 1,745 career points, he only trails Sean Lampley (1,776 points) on California's all-time scoring list. He currently owns Cal career records for three-point field goals made (242) and free throw percentage (.876).
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
WILLIAMS becomes the sixth Wildcat to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Sean Elliott (1986), Mike Bibby (1997), Michael Wright (1999), Salim Stoudamire (2002) and Chase Budinger (2007). Williams was eight in the league in scoring (15.7 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg), which led all Pac-10 freshmen. His numbers are more impressive in Pac-10 play as he posted 16.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. He's the first Wildcat freshman to lead Arizona in rebounding since 1979-80 (Frank Smith, 6.0 rpg).
PAC-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TARVER was key in leading the Beaver defense, allowing 61.1 points per game (3rd in the Pac-10) overall, and 60.4 ppg (2nd in Pac-10) in Pac-10 play. He led the league in steals (2.3 spg) and led the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg/19th in the Pac-10). His 69 steals this season are sixth most in school history, while his 176 career steals rank seventh all-time at Oregon State.
PAC-10 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
VUCEVIC led the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and posted 10 double-doubles this season. He averaged 10.7 points, shooting 50.4 percent from the field (8th in the Pac-10), while collecting 1.3 blocks per game (6th in the Pac-10) in an average of 32.3 minutes per game. Last season, Vucevic appeared in 23 of 35 games for the Trojans, averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes of action per game.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
SENDEK, 47, has guided ARIZONA STATE to a second-place finish in the Pac-10 race with a 12-6 league mark, 22-9 record overall. The second-place finish matches Arizona State's best showing in Pac-10 play since the 1980-81 squad finished second with a 16-2 record. Despite losing two NBA draft picks (James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph) and picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 race in a preseason poll of the media, Sendek led the Sun Devils to their third consecutive 20-win season. Collecting his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor, he now has earned Coach of the Year honors in three different leagues - Mid-American, Atlantic Coast and Pac-10. Only one other Arizona State coach has received Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors - Ned Wulk (1980). Sendek has a career record of 330-212 (.609), while his Arizona State record stands at 76-54 (.585).
THE VOTE: Coach of the Year, All-Conference, All-Freshman, All-Defensive teams and Most Improved Player are voted on by the coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for themselves or their own players for the honors.