USC's Taj Gibson Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

March 10, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC forward Taj Gibson has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Mar. 3 - Mar. 9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Gibson, a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., helped lead USC to a home sweep of California and Stanford and achieve a third-place tie in the Conference standings. Against the Golden Bears, Gibson scored 21 points in the 93-89 overtime win. He tied the score at 80 with two free throws and USC then took the lead for good from that point on. Against No. 7 Stanford, Gibson posted his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while also notching five blocks against the Cardinal.

On the week, Gibson averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, while shooting 17-of-26 (.654) from the field.

This is the first weekly honor for Gibson and USC's 28th Player of the Week all-time.

2007-08 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH; Nov. 26 - Kevin Love, Fr., F, UCLA; Dec. 3 - Ryan Anderson, So., F, CAL; Dec. 10 - Jordan Hill, So., F, ARIZ; Dec. 17 - Ty Abbott, Fr., G, ASU. Dec. 24 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH. Dec. 31 - Jerome Randle, So., G, CAL; Jan. 7 - James Harden, Fr., G, ASU; Jan. 14 - Kevin Love, Fr., C, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH; Jan. 28 - Kevin Love, Fr., C, UCLA; Feb. 4 - Ryan Anderson, So., F, CAL; Feb. 11 - Jeff Pendergraph, Jr., F, ASU; Feb. 18 - Jerryd Bayless, Fr., G, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - O.J. Mayo, Fr., G, USC; Mar. 3 - Brook Lopez, So., F, STAN; Mar. 10 - Taj Gibson, So., F, USC.

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