Feb. 2, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Chase Budinger was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 26-Feb. 1, league commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Encinitas, Calif., led Arizona to a pair of conference wins by averaging 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. In the two games, he shot .387 (12-of-31) from the field, .333 from three-point range (5-of-15) and .833 from the line (15-of-18), while playing 76 total minutes with 11 assists and zero turnovers.
He opened the week by scoring 25 points -- his highest total in Pac-10 play -- to go with eight rebounds, and four assists vs. No.23 Washington. Budinger followed that up with his second double-double of the year (eighth career) with 19 points and 11 boards to go with a career-high seven assists and a steal against Washington State.
Budinger is the third Arizona player to earn Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors this season, joining Jordan Hill on Dec. 15 and Jamelle Horne on Dec. 29. It is the second time Budinger has earned the distinction in his career, and the 74th all-time award for an Arizona player.
Arizona (14-8, 4-5 Pac-10) is next in action on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Oregon State. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST and can be seen on FS Arizona.