Pruitt And Young Named All-Pac-10

March 6, 2006

USC sophomores Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young were named today (March 5) to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team by a vote of the conference head coaches, according to Commissioner Tom Hansen. Freshman Ryan Francis was named as honorable mention on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

Pruitt, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season, is averaging 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.25 steals per game. He scored a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at Loyola Marymount, becoming the 12th Trojan to score 36 or more points in a game. Pruitt's 36 points are also the most scored by a Pac-10 player in a game this season. He has scored 30 or more points three times this season, the ninth Trojan ever to score 30 or more points three or more times in one season.

Young, a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection last season, leads the Trojans with an average of 17.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth among conference players in points per game and sixth in rebounds per game. Young is one of three players in the conference, along with Cal's Leon Powe and Stanford's Matt Haryasz, to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Young scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds on Feb. 25 vs. Oregon State. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this season.

Francis is averaging 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his first season. Francis has had a Trojan season-high eight assists twice in a game and in eight games this season, the point guard did not have a turnover. His assist-turnover ratio of 1.55 ranks fifth in the Pac-10.

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