Kapono Named To First-team All-Pac-10 Team For Fourth Straight Year

March 10, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, OREGON junior guard Luke Ridnour has been named the 2002-03 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, ARIZONA STATE center Ike Diogu has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and Mike Montgomery of STANFORD and Lute Olson of ARIZONA are the Pac-10 Coaches of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

UCLA senior Jason Kapono becomes only the fourth player in conference history and the first in UCLA history, to earn first-team All-League honors four consecutive years. Bruin freshman center Ryan Hollins earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman squad.

The complete Conference honors:


Name	        School	Pos	Yr	Ht	Wt	Hometown (Last School)Julius Barnes	STAN	G	Sr.	6-1	180	Rowland Heights, Calif. (Rowland HS)Ike Diogu	ASU	C	Fr.	6-8	250	Garland, Texas (Garland HS)Jason Gardner	ARIZ	G	Sr.	5-10	181	Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central HS)Luke Jackson	ORE	F	Jr.	6-7	210	Creswell, Ore (Creswell HS)Jason Kapono	UCLA	F	Sr.	6-8	215	Lakewood, Calif. (Artesia HS)Philip Ricci	OSU	F	Sr.	6-7	253	Galt, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta JC)Luke Ridnour	ORE	G	Jr.	6-2	165	Blaine, Wash. (Blaine HS)Joe Shipp	CAL	F	Sr.	6-5	220	Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)Amit Tamir	CAL	F	So.	6-11	260	Jerusalem, Israel (Ort HS)Luke Walton	ARIZ	F	Sr.	6-8	241	San Diego, Calif. (University HS)

Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Rick Anderson (ARIZ, Sr., F), Josh Childress (STAN, So., F), Justin Davis (STAN, Jr., F), Desmon Farmer (USC, Jr., G), Channing Frye (ARIZ, So., C), Brian Jackson (OSU, Sr., F), Curtis Millage (ASU, Sr., G), Tommy Smith (ASU, Sr., F), Salim Stoudamire (ARIZ, So., G), Brian Wethers (CAL, Sr., G/F).

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMANName School Pos Ht Wt Hometown (High School)Hassan Adams ARIZ G/F 6-4 201 Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS)Ike Diogu ASU C 6-8 250 Garland, Texas (Garland HS)Andre Igoudala ARIZ F 6-6 200 Springfield, Ill. (Lamphier HS)Richard Midgley CAL G 6-1 200 Burgess Hill, England (Modesto Christian, Calif. HS)Nate Robinson WASH G 5-9 170 Seattle, Wash. (Rainer Beach HS)

Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Ian Crosswhite (ORE, F), Ryan Hollins (UCLA, C), Lamar Hurd (OSU, G), Bobby Jones (WASH, F).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luke Ridnour, Oregon

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ike Diogu, Arizona State

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Mike Montgomery, Stanford/Lute Olson, Arizona


BARNES is a first time All-Conference selection. His 15.7 points per game average ranks 10th in the league, while his 16.6 points per game average in conference games only ranks sixth. He averages 3.77 assists per game, sixth in the Pac-10. Barnes has led the Cardinal in scoring 12 times this season, including a career-high 33 points at Oregon State (Feb. 9).

DIOGU becomes the ninth freshman to earn All-Pac-10 honors since the formation of the 10-team league in 1978-79. Also selected as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Diogu ranks third in the league in scoring (18.8 ppg) and fifth in rebounds (7.6 rpg), while he's second in the league in field goal percentage (.609). His scoring average ranks third all-time among Pac-10 freshman, trailing only California's Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.2 ppg) and USC's Harold Miner (20.6 ppg).

GARDNER becomes the 38th player in Pac-10 history to earn All-Pac-10 honors three times. He also garnered the honors as a freshman in 2000, and again in 2002. His 14.7 points per game rank 12th, while his 5.00 assists per game rank second in the league. For his career, Gardner has scored 1,910 points. His 599 assists and 218 steals ranks 10th all-time in the Pac-10.

JACKSON earns All-Pac-10 honors for the first time. He's the only Pac-10 player to rank in the top 10 in scoring (7th, 16.1 ppg), rebounding (6th, 6.6 rpg), and assists (7th, 3.7 apg). He's scored 1,253 points during his career, ranking 13th on the Oregon career scoring list.

KAPONO becomes the fourth player to earn All-Pac-10 honors four consecutive years, joining Stanford's Todd Lichti (1986-89), California's Bob McKean (1952-55) and Oregon's Ron Lee (1973-76). Kapono ranks fourth in UCLA history and 10th in Pac-10 history with 2,064 career points. His 313 career three-pointers top the UCLA career list and rank second all-time on the Pac-10 charts.

RIDNOUR, the 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, earns his second consecutive all-league honor. He's second in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg) and leads the Pac-10 with 6.52 assists per game. He set a Pac-10 record this season by making 62 consecutive free throw attempts. He's shooting 88.1 percent from the charity stripe this season. Ridnour set an Oregon single-season record with 189 assists.

RICCI earns All-Pac-10 honors for the first time. He's the first Oregon State player selected All-Pac-10 since Deaundra Tanner in 1999. Ricci leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and ranks fifth in scoring (16.9 ppg). Should he claim the rebounding title at the end of the season, he'd be the first OSU player to do so since A.C. Green in 1985.

SHIPP was one of three players to score in double figures in every game this season, joining Oregon's Luke Ridnour and Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Shipp led the league in scoring (20.7 ppg) and is 11th in rebounding (6.1 rpg). His 1,593 career points rank sixth all-time at California.

TAMIR, a member of the 2002 All-Freshman team, ranked eighth in the league in scoring (16.1 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Tamir and teammates Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers were responsible for 70 percent of the California offense this season.

WALTON earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career. His versatile basketball skills has placed him among the league leaders in a variety of categories. He ranks third in the league in assists (4.61 apg), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.390) and 15th in rebounding (5.4 rpg). The forward has posted over 100 assists in each of the last four seasons, compiling 546 assists during his career.


ADAMS is fifth on the Arizona squad, averaging 9.4 points per game. He's third in steals with 33 on the season, while appearning in all 27 games for the Wildcats.

DIOGU (see All-Pac-10 Team)

IGOUDALA has played in all 27 games for Arizona, averaging 6.7 points and 5.0 rebounds.

ROBINSON has scored 300 points for the Huskies, the most by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford poured in 378 points in 1995. Robinson is believed to be one of two Pac-10 players to start in both football and basketball as a freshman (Tony Gonzalez, California 1995).

MIDGELY ranks fourth in scoring for California, averaging 9.4 points per game. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.449).


OLSON, 67, guided Arizona to its 10th Pac-10 title and 16th consecutive 20-win season. The Wildcat's 17-1 league record equaled the best mark in Pac-10 play, along with Olson's other Wildcat teams (1988, 1989, 1993, 1998) and Oregon State (1981). Olson pushed his career victory total in Pac-10 games only to 289, trailing only former UCLA coach John Wooden (304). It's the seventh time Olson has been honored as league coach of the year.

MONTGOMERY, 56, captures his third coach of the year honors after guiding the Cardinal to a second place finish in the Pac-10. After losing two All-Pac-10 performers early to the NBA, Stanford was selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10. Instead, Montgomery led the Cardinal to a 15-3 Pac-10 record and their ninth consecutive 20-win season.

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