Williams earns first-team kudos; Radenovic and Shakur named honorable mention
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player Chase Budinger was named the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, as the conference announced its postseason honors Monday.
In addition, Marcus Williams, Ivan Radenovic and Mustafa Shakur were selected all-conference in voting done by the league’s head coaches. Williams was a first-team selection, while Radenovic and Shakur were honorable mention honorees.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound freshman forward from Encinitas, Calif., was one of five players named to the Pac-10 all-Freshman team after averaging 15.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 29 appearances. Budinger shoots 49.0 percent (168-of-343) from the field and a leads the team with 47 three-point field goals (.370 percentage). He has 24 double-figure scoring games to his credit in 2006-07 and has registered four double-doubles.
He is the fifth Wildcats to earn freshman-of-the-year honors, joining Sean Elliott (1986), Mike Bibby (1997), Michael Wright (1999) and Salim Stoudamire (2002).
Williams, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound sophomore forward from Seattle, Wash., was one of nine conference players selected to the first team by averaging 16.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists through 28 games. He shoots 50.7 percent from the field (186-of-367) and averages of 1.1 steals per game. Williams has scored in double figures 24 times in 2006-07, including a team-leading 11 games with 20 or more points. Williams was a Pac-10 all-Freshman pick last season.
Radenovic, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior forward from Belgrade, Serbia, was one of 12 student-athletes tabbed honorable mention after averaging 15.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 29 appearances. Radenovic shoots a team-leading 51.8 percent (144-of-278) from the field and 86.7 percent (144-of-166) from the free throw line. He leads Arizona with four double-doubles this year and has scored in double figures 25 times. Radenovic was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection last season.
Shakur, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior guard from Philadelphia, Pa., was honorable mention selection after averaging 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and a conference-leading 7.0 assists per game in 29 appearances. He shoots 46.3 percent (113-of-244) from the field and a leads the team with 45 steals. He has 18 double-figure scoring games to his credit in 2006-07 and has passed out five or more assists in 27 of 29 games this year. Shakur was an all-Freshman pick in 2003-04.
Arizona (20-9, 11-7 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, March 8, in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles against Oregon. The game is scheduled to tip off at 12:20 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.
2007 Pacific-10 Conference Postseason Honors
Arron Afflalo, UCLA, G, Jr., 6-5, 200, Compton, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Jon Brockman, WASH, F, So., 6-7, 245, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Aaron Brooks, ORE, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Seattle, Wash. (Franklin HS)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, So., 6-2, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Lawrence Hill, STAN, F, So., 6-8, 205, Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley HS)
Derrick Low, WSU, G, Jr., 6-2, 186, Honolulu, Hawaii (Iolani School)
Kyle Weaver, WSU, G, Jr., 6-6, 201, Beloit, Wis. (Beloit Memorial HS)
Marcus Williams, ARIZ, F, So., 6-7, 205, Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt HS)
Nick Young, USC, G/F, Jr., 6-6, 195, Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes):? Ryan Anderson (CAL, Fr., F), Maarty Leunen (ORE, Jr., F), Spencer Hawes (WASH, Fr., C), Brook Lopez (STAN, Fr., F), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA, So., F), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, So., F), Gabe Pruitt (USC, Jr., G), Ivan Radenovic (ARIZ, Sr., F), Mustafa Shakur (ARIZ, Sr., G), Josh Shipp (UCLA, So., F), Lodrick Stewart (USC, Sr., G), Ayinde Ubaka (CAL, Sr., G).
Ryan Anderson, CAL, F, 6-10, 235, El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)
Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F, 6-7, 205, Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, 6-9, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian, San Fernando, Calif.)
Spencer Hawes, WASH, C, 7-0, 250, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Brook Lopez, STAN, F, 7-0, 240, Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
Tajuan Porter, ORE, G, 5-6, 160, Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Quincy Pondexter (WASH, F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Afflalo, UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Chase Budinger, Arizona
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett, Washington State