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Williams, Wise Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/08/2010
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March 8, 2010

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

Derrick Williams and Nic Wise received recognition in voting done by the league's head coaches. Williams and Wise were all-Pac-10 honorees, while Williams also garnered Freshman-of-the-Year kudos.

A 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams claimed the dual honors after posting team-leading totals of 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and a .588 (157-of-267) field goal percentage. He has finished in double figures 27 times and has nine 20-point games and four double-doubles to his credit. Williams closed the regular season ranked eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring (15.7), fifth in rebounding (7.0), fourth in FG percentage (.588), third in defensive rebounds (4.9) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.2). He scored a season-high 28 points on Dec. 2 vs. UNLV and set a school record with 21 free throw attempts on Nov. 23 vs. Wisconsin.

Williams is the sixth Wildcat to earn Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year honors, and just the 16th freshman since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79 to earn all-conference accolades. He is the lone freshman on this year's all-conference team.

Wise, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior guard from Houston, Texas, was a first-team all-Pac-10 pick after averaging 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 30 appearances. Wise shoots 38.5 percent (125-of-325) from the field, 36.3 percent from three-point range (49-of-135) and 87.4 percent (132-of-151) from the free throw line to go with a team-leading 53 steals. He has scored in double figures 22 times this season, including two 30-point games. He was a second-team all-conference selection last season.

Williams and Wise are the 54th and 55th Arizona players to earn all-Pac-10 honors since the school joined the league in 1978-79.

Arizona (16-14, 10-8 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, March 11, at the 2010 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament. The fourth-seeded Wildcats face No. 5 seed UCLA at 12:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.

The Complete Conference Honors:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Jerome Randle, California
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Derrick Williams, Arizona
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Seth Tarver, Oregon State
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikola Vucevic, USC
COACH OF THE YEAR:  Herb Sendek, Arizona State

FIRST TEAM 

Name Pos. Year Hometown
Ty Abbott, ASU G Jr. Phoenix, ARIZ
Patrick Christopher, CAL G Sr. Compton, Calif.
Landry Fields, STAN G/F Sr. Long Beach, Calif.
Quincy Pondexter, WASH F Sr. Fresno, Calif.
Jerome Randle, CAL G Sr. Chicago, Ill.
Michael Roll, UCLA G Sr. Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Isaiah Thomas, WASH G So. Tacoma, Wash.
Klay Thompson, WSU G So. Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Derrick Williams, ARIZ F Fr. La Mirada, Calif.
Nic Wise, ARIZ G Sr. Houston, Texas

Second Team

Name Pos. Year Hometown
Jamal Boykin, CAL F Sr. Los Angeles, Calif
Jeremy Green, STAN G So. Austin, Texas
Calvin Haynes, OSU G Jr. Reseda, Calif.
Theo Robertson, CAL F Sr. Pittsburg, Calif.
Nikola Vecevic, USC F Sr. La Mirada, Calif.

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): DeAngelo Casto (WSU, So., F), Derek Glasser (ASU, Sr., G), Dwight Lewis (USC, Sr., G), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Sr., F/C), Seth Tarver (OSU, Sr., G/F).

Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team

Name Pos. Ht. Hometown
Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA F 6-9 Los Angeles, Calif
Trent Lockett, ASU G 6-4 Minnetonka, Minn.
Reggie Moore, WSU G 6-2 Seattle, Wash.
Reeves Nelson, UCLA F 6-8 Modesto, Calif.
Derrick Williams, ARIZ F 6-8 La Mirada, Calif.

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  E.J. Singler (ORE, G/F).  

Pac-10 All-Defensive Team

Name Pos. Year Hometown
DeAngelo Cato, WSU F So. Spokane, Wash.
Jorge Gutierrez, CAL G So.

Chihuahua, Mexico

Justin Holiday, WASH G Jr.

Chatsworth, Calif.

Venoy Overton, WASH G Jr. Seattle, Wash.
Seth Tarver, OSU G/F Sr. Portland, Ore.

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Eric Boateng (ASU, Sr., C), Patrick Christopher (CAL, Sr., G), Marcus Johnson (USC, Sr., F), Nikola Vucevic (USC, So., F).

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