March 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two University of Arizona men's basketball players received all-district honors, as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district honors this week.
Wise, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior guard from Houston, Texas, was a first-team all-District 20 pick after averaging 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 31 appearances. Wise shot 38.6 percent (130-of-337) from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range (50-of-139) and 87.8 percent (137-of-156) from the free throw line to go with a team-leading 54 steals. He scored in double figures 23 times this season, including two 30-point games. Wise was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection this season. It is the first time that Wise has earned all-district honors from the NABC.
A 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams earned a sport on the all-District 20 second team after posting team-leading totals of 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and a .574 (162-of-282) field goal percentage. He finished in double figures 28 times and had 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), sixth in rebounding (7.1), fourth in FG percentage (.574), and third in defensive rebounds (4.9). 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. He was a first team all-Pac-10 selection and the conference's Freshman of the Year.
Wise and Williams are the 88th and 89th Arizona players to earn all-district honors from the NABC since 1952. They both are eligible for NABC All-America honors, which will be announced on April 3.
Arizona closed the 2009-10 campaign with a 16-14 record overall, including a 10-8 mark in Pac-10 play.
National Association of Basketball Coaches
2010 All-District 20 Team
First Team Landry Fields, Stanford Quincy Pondexter, Washington Jerome Randle, California Klay Thompson, Washington State Nic Wise, Arizona
Second Team Ty Abbott, Arizona State Patrick Christopher, California Dwight Lewis, USC Isaiah Thomas, Washington Derrick Williams, Arizona