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Wright, Arenas Earn First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 13, 2001
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona landed two players on the all-Pacific-10 Conference team for the fourth straight season as Michael Wright and Gilbert Arenas earned the honor in voting released Monday by the league's coaches.

Wright, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound junior from Chicago, Ill., earned all-conference honors for the second straight season after averaging 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting .591 from the field. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in all three categories. He is the Pac-10 active leader with 33 double-doubles, while his career totals of 1,423 points and 796 rebounds rank him 14th and seventh, respectively, on the Arizona career charts. He is a finalist for both the Wooden and Naismith Player-of-the-Year Awards.

Arenas, a 6-foot-3, 188-pound sophomore from North Hollywood, Calif., earned all-conference honors for the first time after leading the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game. In Pac-10 play, Arenas averaged 18.0 points, while shooting .519 from the field and .477 from three-point range. He was a two-time conference player of the week this season and became just the sixth sophomore in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points. Arenas was a Pac-10 all-Freshman selection last year.

2000-01 marks the fourth straight season in which Arizona had at least two players named to the all-conference team. Thirty-six Wildcat players have earned first team all-Pac-10 honors since joining the league in 1978-79.

The fifth-ranked Wildcats (23-7 overall, 15-3 Pac-10) are next in action on Friday, March 16, vs. Eastern Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Mo. Arizona is making its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.


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