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Four Cats Honored with All-Conference Honors
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/09/2009
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March 9, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Four University of Arizona men's basketball players received postseason honors, as the Pacific-10 Conference announced its all-conference honors Monday.

Chase Budinger, Kyle Fogg, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise received recognition in voting done by the league's head coaches. Budinger, Hill and Wise were all-Pac-10 honorees, while Fogg garnered honorable mention all-Freshman kudos.

Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound junior forward from Encinitas, Calif., earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors after averaging 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 31 regular-season appearances. Budinger shoots 48.3 percent (193-of-400) from the field and 42.9 percent (63-of-147) from three-point range. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals (1.5 spg), free throw percentage (.817), three-point field goals made (2.0 per game), three-point percentage, assist:turnover ratio (1.4:1) and minutes played (37.5). Budinger has finished in double figures 28 times this year, including 14 20-point games. He was a third team all-conference pick last season and the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Hill, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound junior forward from Atlanta, Ga., was a first-team all-Pac-10 and all-Defensive team selection after averaging 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game in 30 appearances. Hill shoots 55.4 percent (225-of-406) from the field and a leads the conference 17 double-doubles. He's scored in double figures a team-leading 29 times this year, including a high of 30 on Jan. 24 vs. Houston, and posted 18 double-figure rebounding games with a high of 22 on Nov. 18 vs. UAB. Hill was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 and all-Defensive team selection last year.

Wise, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound junior guard from Houston, Texas, was an second-team all-Pac-10 pick after averaging 15.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 31 appearances. Wise shoots 45.0 percent (152-of-338) from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range (59-of-139) and 83.1 percent (103-of-124) from the free throw line to go with a team-leading 47 steals. He has scored in double figures 23 times this season, including seven 20-point games. It is the first time he has been honored by the league.

Fogg, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound freshman guard from Brea, Calif., was an honorable mention Pac-10 all-Freshman team selection after averaging 6.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 31 appearances. He shoots 46.8 percent (59-of-126) from the field, and ranks third on the team in assists and steals. Fogg has made 23 starts and averages 23.0 minutes per game, while posting seven double-figure scoring games.

Arizona (19-12, 9-9 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, March 12, vs. Arizona State at the 2009 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. The game will tip-off at noon PDT and will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.

ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

FIRST TEAM


Name, School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Jon Brockman, WASH, F, Sr., 6-7, 255, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-7, 218, Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Patrick Christopher, CAL, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Justin Dentmon, WASH, G, Sr., 5-11, 185, Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
James Harden, ASU, G, So., 6-5, 218, Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)
Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Jerome Randle, CAL, G, Jr., 5-10, 160, Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)
Taylor Rochestie, WSU, G, Sr., 6-1, 186, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Tulane)


SECOND TEAM


Name, School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Josh Shipp, UCLA, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 220, Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, Fr., 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Nic Wise, ARIZ, G, Jr., 5-10, 177, Houston, Texas (Kingwood HS)


Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Alfred Aboya (UCLA, Sr., C/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Sr., G), Calvin Haynes (OSU, So., G), Lawrence Hill (STAN, Sr., F), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Jr., F/C).

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name, School, Pos, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School)
DeAngelo Casto, WSU, F, 6-8, 229, Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
DeMar DeRozan, USC, F, 6-7, 220, Compton, Calif. (Compton HS)
Jeremy Green, STAN, G, 6-4, 190, Austin, Texas (Bowie HS)
Jrue Holiday, UCLA, G, 6-3, 180, North Hollywood, Calif. (Campbell Hall HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Klay Thompson, WSU, G, 6-6, 187, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)


Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).

PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name School Pos Yr. Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Alfred Aboya, UCLA, C/F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (N.H.) Prep Academy)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)


Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Venoy Overton (WASH, So., G), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, Sr., F), Seth Tarver (OSU, Jr., G/F).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Thomas, Washington
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gibson, USC
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Dentmon, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington

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