Feb. 28, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy, announced today by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
In addition to Williams, the list of 10 finalists for the award, which is given to college basketball's player of the year, includes Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Terrence Jones, Kentucky; Marcus Morris, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Nolan Smith, Duke; Jared Sullinger, Ohio State; and Kemba Walker, Connecticut.
A 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams leads Arizona with per-game averages of 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, to go with a .609 (167-of-274) field goal percentage through 29 appearances (all starts). He has scored in double figures in 28 times, posted nine double-doubles and has the two highest single-game rebounding totals in the Pac-10 this season (19 at Washington State on Jan. 22/18 at California on Feb. 5).
Williams, who has been named Pac-10 player of the week three times this season, ranks second in field goal percentage, has connected on 62.2 percent (28-of-45) of his three-point field goal attempts and ranks in the top 10 in four statistical categories within the conference: scoring (2nd), rebounding (5th), offensive rebounds (2.7 orpg/5th) and defensive rebounds (5.4 drpg/5th).
The nation's most efficient player averaging 2.03 points per field goal attempt, Williams leads the all players nationally with 254 free throw attempts (8.8 per game). He has 11 20-point games and two 30-point games to his credit in 2010-11.
The 18th-ranked Wildcats will next be in action on Thursday, March 3, when the Wildcats host Oregon State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST and will be televised nationally by FSN.