Ike Diogu Named Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

Feb. 17, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona State freshman forward Ike Diogu has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 10 - February 16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Diogu became the first ASU freshman to post back-to-back 25 point games and is just the third Pac-10 freshman to win Player of the Week honors in the past six years. Amit Tamir (Cal) won the honor as a freshman last year and Jason Collins of Stanford earned the award on Nov. 27, 1999.

Diogu, from Garland, Texas, averaged 26 points, six rebounds and one block while shooting 66 percent from the floor (20-of-30) in a home sweep of the L.A. schools. Versus USC, Diogu put in 26 points, while shooting 84.6 percent from the floor (11-of-13). He also tacked on five rebounds and two blocks in the game. Against UCLA, Diogu put together another 26-point performance, going 9-for-17 from the field (.529), and sinking all eight of his free-throw attempts. For the week he shot 66 percent from the field (20-of-30) and was 75 percent from the line (12-of-16).

Arizona State (17-7, 9-4 in Pac-10) won big at home versus USC, 108-78 and UCLA , 85-69 last week. Up next, it hosts top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.

It is the first weekly award for Diogu, the 19th all-time honor for the Sun Devils.

Thirteen ASU players have been named Pac-10 Player of the Week on 19 occasions:

Name (Year)		Date
Chris Sandle (Fr.) Dec. 10, 1984
Bobby Thompson (Sr.) Jan. 14, 1985
Arthur Thomas (Jr.) Feb. 17, 1986
Alex Austin (Sr.) Jan. 9, 1990
Jamal Faulkner (So.) Jan. 20, 1992
Mario Bennett (Fr.) Feb. 24, 1992
Dwayne Fontana (Jr.) Jan. 4, 1993
Stevin Smith (Jr.) Feb. 1, 1993
Mario Bennett (Jr.) Feb. 13, 1995
Mario Bennett (Jr.) Mar. 13, 1995

Jeremy Veal (Sr.) Feb. 9, 1998

Eddie House (Jr.) Dec. 21, 1998

Eddie House (Sr.) Dec. 20, 1999

Eddie House (Sr.) Jan. 3, 2000

Eddie House (Sr.) Jan. 10, 2000

Eddie House (Sr.) Feb. 21, 2000

Awvee Storey (Jr.) Feb. 5, 2001

Chad Prewitt (Sr.) Jan. 7, 2002

Ike Diogu (Fr.) Feb. 17, 2003

2002-03 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE.; Dec. 9 - Luke Jackson, ORE; Dec. 16 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ; Jan. 6 - Jason Kapono, UCLA; Jan. 13 - Joe Shipp, CAL; Jan. 20- Joe Shipp, CAL; Jan. 27 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ; Feb. 3 - Brian Jackson, OSU; Feb. 10 - Brian Wethers, CAL; Feb. 17 - Ike Diogu, Arizona State.

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