2010-11 Pac-10 Conference Men's Basketball Honors

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif., - In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, ARIZONA sophomore forward Derrick Williams has been named the 2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, CALIFORNIA guard Allen Crabbe has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; USC senior guard Marcus Simmons has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; WASHINGTON senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been named Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and Sean Miller of ARIZONA is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

The Complete Conference Honors:

All-Pac-10 First-Team
Name School
Pos  Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Matthew Bryan-Amaning WASH F Sr. 6-9 240 London, England (South Kent School, Conn.)
Jeremy Green STAN G Jr. 6-4 198 Austin, Texas (Bowie HS)
Jorge Gutierrez CAL G Jr. 6-3 195 Chihuahua, Mexico (Findlay College Prep, Nev.)
Tyler Honeycutt UCLA F So. 6-8 183 Los Angeles, Calif. (Sylmar HS)
Malcolm Lee UCLA G Jr. 6-4 195 Riverside, Calif. (John W. North HS)
Reeves Nelson UCLA F So. 6-8 235 Modesto, Calif. (Modesto Christian HS)
Isaiah Thomas WASH G Jr. 5-9 185 Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Klay Thompson WSU G Jr. 6-6 202 Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)
Nikola Vucevic USC F Jr. 6-10 240 Bar, Montenegro (Stoneridge Prep)
Derrick Williams ARIZ F So. 6-8 240 La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS)

All-Pac-10 Second-Team
Name School
Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
DeAngelo Casto WSU F Jr. 6-8 255 Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
Joevan Catron ORE F Sr. 6-6 237 Phoenix, Ill. (Thornton Township HS)
Jared Cunningham OSU G So. 6-4 182 Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro HS)
Harper Kamp CAL F Jr. 6-8 245 Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View HS)
Trent Lockett ASU G So. 6-4 211 Golden Valley, Minn. (Hopkins HS)
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  Ty Abbott (ASU, Sr., G), Allen Crabbe (CAL, Fr., G), Lamont Jones (ARIZ, So., G), Josh Owens (STAN, Jr., F)

Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Name School
Pos Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Anthony Brown STAN G/F 6-7 200 Huntington Beach, Calif. (Ocean View HS)
Allen Crabbe CAL G 6-4 165 Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS)
Maurice Jones USC G 5-7 155 Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill HS)
Dwight Powell STAN F 6-10 227 Toronto, Ontario (IMG Academy)
Joshua Smith UCLA C 6-10 305 Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS)
C.J. Wilcox WASH G 6-5 190 Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Jordin Mayes (ARIZ, G), Terrence Ross (WASH, G).

Pac-10 All-Defensive Team
Name School  Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
DeAngelo Casto WSU F Jr. 6-8 255 Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
Jared Cunningham OSU G So. 6-4 182 Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro HS)
Jorge Gutierrez CAL G Jr. 6-3 195 Chihuahua, Mexico (Findlay College Prep, Nev.)
Malcolm Lee UCLA G Jr. 6-4 195 Riverside, Calif. (John W. North HS)
Marcus Simmons USC G Sr. 6-6 220 Alexandria, La. (Peabody HS)
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  Matthew Bryan-Amaning (WASH, Sr. F), Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, Jr., G), Justin Holiday (WASH, Sr., F). 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Derrick Williams, Arizona
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Allen Crabbe, California
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Simmons, USC
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Sean Miller, Arizona

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

WILLIAMS becomes the sixth Arizona player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year, and first since 1999, joining Sean Elliott (1988, 1989), Chris Mills (1993), Damon Stoudamire (1995), Mike Bibby (1998), and Jason Terry (1999). Williams led the Wildcats in scoring (18.8 ppg/2nd in Pac-10), field goal percentage (.612/1st), and rebounding (8.2 rpg/5th in Pac-10). He's posted 20 or more points 13 times this season, and posted 10 double-doubles. In just two seasons, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year has scored 1,070 points, while grabbing 472 rebounds. He's the fourth sophomore in Pac-10 history to earn Player of the Year honors, joining California's Jason Kidd (1994), Arizona's Mike Bibby (1998) and Arizona State's James Harden (2009).

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

CRABBE becomes the seventh California player to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and first since 2004, joining Dave Butler (1983), Leonard Taylor (1985), Jason Kidd (1993), Tremaine Fowlkes (1995) Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), and Leon Powe (2004). Crabbe was 14th in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg), fourth in free throw percentage (.824) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.406), which led all Pac-10 freshmen. His numbers are more impressive in Pac-10 play as he posted 16.4 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game, while leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.481).

PAC-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SIMMONS has been key in leading USC's defense, allowing a league-leading low of 62.9 points per game overall, and 63.3 ppg in Pac-10 play. He's been frequently called upon this season to guard the opponent's top scorer, having limited several All-Pac-10 performers below their shooting percentages - Washington State's Klay Thompson (12-of-35/.343), Stanford's Jeremy Green (5-of-22/.228), UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt (6-of-16/.375), and Washington's Isaiah Thomas (8-of-20/.400), He's the second Trojan to earn the honor as Taj Gibson collected the award in 2009.

PAC-10 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BRYAN-AMANING is among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (16.0 ppg/6th) and rebounding (8.3 rpg/4th) and has posted 10 double-doubles this season. He has appeared in all 30 games, with 26 starts this season. Bryan-Amaning has steadily improved his numbers each season from 4.2 points/3.2 rebounds as a freshman, to 6.0 points/4.0 rebounds as a sophomore, to 8.8 points/5.9 rebounds in 22.8 minutes of action last season.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR

MILLER, 42, has guided ARIZONA to its 12th Pac-10 title, and first since 2005, with a 14-4 league mark, 25-6 record overall. Under Miller, the Wildcats put together an eight-game winning streak at one point this season and found themselves back in the Top 25 of both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll for the first time since Dec. 31, 2007. Collecting his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor, he now has earned Coach of the Year honors in on both coasts, having been honored by the Atlantic-10 Conference in 2008. He's the second Arizona coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, joining Hall of Famer Lute Olson, a seven-time recipient (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998, and 2003). Miller has a career record of 161-68 (.703), while his Arizona record stands at 41-21 (.661).

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.

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