Jan. 21, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona junior forward Luke Walton was named Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office.
Walton, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound native of San Diego, Calif., directed Arizona to a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams last week and averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in the process. He opened the week by posting his first career triple-double in the win over No. 18 USC with a career-high 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to go with four blocks and four steals. He hit a career-best 13-of-15 free throws in the effort. Walton tallied scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, as Arizona overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to win, and added seven rebounds and seven assists. He played 77 of a possible 80 minutes for the week and shot 13-of-22 (.591) from the floor and 2-of-4 (.500) from three-point range.
It marked the second time in his career that Walton recognized with Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors. It was also the 55th time an Arizona player has been so honored.
For his efforts, Walton was also named national Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Dick Vitale.
On the year, Walton is averaging 13.3 points, and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
Walton and the 10th-ranked Wildcats (13-4 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) are next in action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Arizona State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on Fox Sports Net.