Arizona's Jason Gardner Named USBWA District 9 Player Of The Year

March 12, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Jason Gardnerwas named District 9 Player of the Year in voting released Wednesday by theUnited States Basketball Writers Association.

Gardner was one of 10 players named to the USBWA all-District 9 team, whichcovers the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona andAlaska. Joining Gardner on the squad is Julius Barnes, Stanford; TonyBland, San Diego State; Ike Diogu, Arizona State; Carl English, Hawaii;Jason Keep, San Diego; Luke Ridnour, Oregon; Philip Ricci, Oregon State; JoeShipp, California; and Blake Stepp, Gonzaga. Stanford's Mike Montgomery wasnamed District 9 Coach of the Year.

Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior guard from Indianapolis, Ind., isaveraging 14.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists through 27 games thisseason. He averages a team-best 34.3 minutes per game, shoots 41.2 percentfrom the field, including 35.8 percent from three-point range. Gardner hasscored in double figures in 21 of 27 games and has passed out at least fiveassists in a game 15 times in 2002-03. He is the only Arizona player toregister at least one double-figure point, rebound and assist game thisseason. Gardner was named all-Pacific-10 Conference for the third time inhis career on Monday. It is the second straight season that Gardner hasearned USBWA all-District 9 accolades and his first district Player of theYear honor.

The top-ranked Wildcats (25-2 overall, 17-1 Pac-10) are next in action onThursday, March 13, against UCLA in the quarterfinals of the 2003 PacificLife Pac-10 Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. PST and can beseen nationally on Fox Sports Net.

United States Basketball Writers Association
2003 all-District 9 Team

Julius Barnes, Stanford
Tony Bland, San Diego State
Ike Diogu, Arizona State
Carl English, Hawaii
Jason Gardner, Arizona
Jason Keep, San Diego
Luke Ridnour, Oregon
Philip Ricci, Oregon State
Joe Shipp, California
Blake Stepp, Gonzaga

Player of the Year: Jason Gardner, Arizona
Coach of the Year: Mike Montgomery, Stanford

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