March 28, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams named a second-team All-America in voting released today by the Associated Press.
First team selections included Jimmer Fredette of BYU, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Nolan Smith of Duke, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Kemba Walker of Connecticut. In addition to Williams, second-team honorees included Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State, Marcus Morris of Kansas and Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin.
A 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams led Arizona with per-game averages of 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, to go with a .595 (226-of-380) field goal percentage in 38 appearances (all starts). He scored in double figures 37 times, posted 13 double-doubles and posted the two highest single-game rebounding totals in the Pac-10 this season (19 at Washington State on Jan. 22 and 18 at California on Feb. 5).
The 2011 Pacific-10 Conference and USBWA District IX Player of the Year, Williams' 741 points scored was the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 247 free throws and 331 attempts were new single-season school records. Additionally, his .568 three-point field goal percentage (42-of-74) this season ranked second in UA annals, while his 314 rebounds tied for seventh all time.
Williams' selection as an AP All-American makes him the 15th Arizona player to earn a first-, second- or third-team All-America kudos from the organization since 1988, and the first since Salim Stoudamire (2nd) in 2005. Williams was also a first-team All-America selection by Sports Illustrated, and a second-team pick by the USBWA, foxsports.com and the Sporting News.
Arizona (30-8, 14-4 Pac-10) won the 2011 Pac-10 Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Regional final. It marked the fourth time in school history that an Arizona squad has won 30 or more games.
2011 Associated Press All-Americans
Jimmer Fredette, Sr., G, Brigham Young
JaJuan Johnson, Sr., F, Purdue
Nolan Smith, Sr., G, Duke
Jared Sullinger, Fr., F, Ohio State
Kemba Walker, Jr., G, Connecticut
Ben Hansbrough, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Kawhi Leonard, So., F, San Diego State
Marcus Morris, Jr., F, Kansas
Jordan Taylor, Jr., G, Wisconsin
Derrick Williams, So., F, Arizona