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Team Awards 3/17/2008
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/17/2008
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Freshman guard one of eight players honored

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TUCSON, Ariz. ?C ?Jerryd Bayless was named the Arizona menˇ?s basketball most valuable players as part of the awards presented Monday night at the teamˇ?s annual awards banquet held at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

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Bayless, a 6-foot-3, 199-pound freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz., earned team MVP honors after averaging 20.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 29 appearances. Bayless shoots 45.9 percent (169-of-368) from the field and a team-leading 83.7 percent (185-of-221) from the free throw line. Heˇ?s finished in double figures 26 times this year, including 12 20-point and four 30-point games.??He is the first Arizona freshman to win the award since Sean Elliott shared the honor in 1986.

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Chase Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 203-pound sophomore forward from Encinitas, Calif., earned the Golden A award after averaging 17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 33 appearances. Budinger shoots 44.1 percent (196-of-444) from the field and a leads the team with 71 three-point field goals (.378 percentage). He has a team-leading 28 double-figure scoring games to his credit in 2007-08 and has registered one double-double.

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Jordan Hill, a 6-foot-10, 226-pound sophomore forward from Atlanta, Ga., was co-Best Defensive Player after averaging 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game in 33 appearances. Hill shoots a Pac-10-leading 62.2 percent (179-of-288) from the field to go with 17 steals. He leads Arizona with eight double-doubles this year and has scored in double figures 24 times. He is the first post player to win best defensive player honors since Loren Woods in 2000.

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McClellan, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound senior guard from Houston, Texas, was picked up the Captains Award, co-Best Defensive Player and Outstanding Senior honors after averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 33 appearances. He shoots 43.4 percent (96-of-221) from the field, ranks second on the team with 20 blocked shots and fourth with 22 steals.??He has 11 double-figure scoring games to his credit and a total of 11 multiple-block or multiple-steal games in 2007-08.

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The awards presented at the banquet were as follows:

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Fred Enke Most Valuable Player: ? Jerryd Bayless

Mo Udall Captains Award: ??Jawann McClellan

Co-Best Defensive Player:? ?Jordan Hill, Jawann McClellan

Most Improved: ?Nic Wise

Golden A Award: ? Chase Budinger

Most Inspirational: ? ?David Bagga

Outstanding Seniors: ??Jawann McClellan, Bret Brielmaier, Daniel Dillon

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The Wildcats (19-14 overall, 8-10 Pac-10) are next in action on Thursday, March 20, vs. West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA West Region in Washington, D.C. Arizona is making its 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, which is the longest active streak in the nation.

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