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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/30/2008
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Sophomore forward on both the Naismith and Wooden midseason lists

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TUCSON , Ariz. ?C ?University of Arizona menˇ?s basketball player Chase Budinger was named to the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy Midseason top-30 list, it was announced Tuesday by the voting academy.

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The Wildcat sophomore is included among a list of 30 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2008 Naismith Trophy, which is given annually to college basketballˇ?s player of the year.

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Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 203-pound sophomore forward from Encinitas, Calif., is averaging 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 18 games this season. He is shooting 44.6 percent (123-of-276) from the field to go with 19 steals. Heˇ?s scored in double figures 18 times this season, including seven 20-point games and one 30-point effort.

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The top-30 players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March. Beginning in mid-February, CBSˇ? "AT&T at the Half" will feature a weekly Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention. In April, the Naismith Trophy winner will be recognized at the NCAA Menˇ?s Final Four in San Antonio.

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Arizona (14-6, 4-3 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 31, when the team travels to USC. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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2008 Naismith Mid-Season Candidates

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Last

First

Position

Class

School

Abrams

A.J.

Forward

Sophomore

Texas

Arthur

Darrell

Forward

Sophomore

Kansas

Augustin

D.J.

Guard

Sophomore

Texas

Beasley

Michael

Forward

Freshman

Kansas State

Brockman

Jon

Forward

Junior

Washington

Budinger

Chase

Forward

Sophomore

Arizona

Curry

Stephen

Guard

Sophomore

Davidson

Douglas-Roberts

Chris

Guard

Junior

Memphis

Ellington

Wayne

Guard

Sophomore

North Carolina

Foster

Shan

Guard/Forward

Senior

Vanderbilt

Gordon

Eric

Guard

Freshman

Indiana

Green

Mike

Guard

Senior

Butler

Harden

James

Guard

Freshman

Arizona State

Hansbrough

Tyler

Forward

Junior

North Carolina

Harangody

Luke

Forward

Sophomore

Notre Dame

Hibbert

Roy

Center

Senior

Georgetown

Lawson

Ty

Guard

Sophomore

North Carolina

Love

Kevin

Forward

Freshman

UCLA

Mayo

O.J.

Forward

Freshman

USC

Neitzel

Drew

Guard

Senior

Michigan State

Nelson

DeMarcus

Guard

Senior

Duke

Reynolds

Scottie

Guard

Sophomore

Villanova

Rice

Tyrese

Guard

Junior

Boston College

Roberts

Brian

Guard

Senior

Dayton

Rose

Derrick

Guard

Freshman

Memphis

Shipp

Josh

Guard/Forward

Junior

UCLA

Singletary

Sean

Guard

Senior

Virginia

Weaver

Kyle

Guard

Senior

Washington State

White

D.J.

Forward

Senior

Indiana

Young

Sam

Forward

Junior

Pittsburgh

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