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Luke Walton Earns Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 05, 2000
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's basketball player Luke Walton was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week, the league announced late Monday. It is the second week in a row that an Arizona player has claimed the honor.

Walton, a 6-foot-8, sophomore forward from San Diego, Calif., averaged 13.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in a pair of home wins last week. Walton opened the week with 10 points and nine rebounds in the win over Gonzaga to go with six assists, three steals and a blocked shot. He followed that effort with the second double-double of his career against Saint Mary's with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while adding five assists and six steals. For the week, Walton played 52 minutes and committed just one turnover.

Through six games, Walton leads the team in steals (14), and is tied for the team lead with 22 assists. He is also tied for second on the squad with a 5.7 rebounds per game average.

It is the first time in his career that Walton has earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors. Walton is the second consecutive Wildcat player to be so honored this season, joining last week's honoree Michael Wright. It is the 50th time an Arizona men's basketball player has been recognized by the league.

Walton and the fifth-ranked Wildcats (5-1) return to action on Sat., Dec. 9, as the squad hits the road to take on No. 15 Connecticut. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.

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