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Arenas Earns Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 22, 2001
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's basketball player Gilbert Arenas was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the third time this season that a Wildcat player has claimed the honor.

Arenas, a 6-foot-3, sophomore guard from North Hollywood, Calif., led Arizona to a pair of wins last week by averaging 20.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field. He opened the week with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting Thursday vs. USC. He hit 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc and added four boards and two assists.

He also poured in a game-high 22 points in Saturday's win over UCLA. Arenas, who went 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range, scored 11 of his 22 points in a key 22-4 second-half run that helped UA erase an eight-point halftime deficit and eventually pull away for the 88-63 win. He has been UA's leading scorer in three of the last four games, all UA wins. Over the last four games, Arenas is averaging 20.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, while connecting on 27-of-46 (.587) of his field goal attempts, including 14-of-23 (.609) from three-point range.

Arenas leads the Wildcats with a .402 three-point field goal percentage and ranks second with a 15.4 points per game average.

It is the first time in his career that Arenas has earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors. He is the third Wildcat to be honored this season, joining Michael Wright (Nov. 27) and Luke Walton (Dec. 4). It is the 51st time a UA men's basketball player has been recognized by the league office.

Arenas and the No. 12 Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when the squad hosts Arizona State. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MST and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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