Jan. 17, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Derrick Williams was named Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 10-16, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The sophomore forward led the Wildcats to a win over Arizona State last week.
Williams, a 6-foot-8 native of La Mirada, Calif., led Arizona to a win in its only game last week by totaling 31 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in Arizona's 80-69 win over Arizona State. The sophomore forward connected on 66.7 percent of his field goals (8-of-12) and 93.8 percent of his free throws (15-of-16) to go with two assists and a steal.
He equaled a career high with 31 points, marking the second time in the last three games that he has scored 31 points, while notching his fifth double-double of the season. Williams collected nine points in 23-6 run in the first half that enabled Arizona to take control of the contest and added 18 points in the second half as the Cats closed out the 11-point win.
Williams has now scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games dating back to last season. The effort boosted Williams' season per game averages to 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds to go with a .658 field goal percentage.
It is Williams' second career Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honor, as he was previously named Player of the Week on Dec. 6. It is also the 78th weekly recognition for Arizona all-time.
Arizona, ranked 25th In the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 20, when the Wildcats travel to Seattle, Wash., to take on 20th-ranked Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PST and will be televised nationally by FSN.