Feb. 11, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams has been named to the Naismith Trophy midseason 30 list and remains a candidate for national player-of-the-year honors, announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The list of 30 student-athletes who, based on player performances during the 2010-11 season, was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors.
A 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams leads 15th-ranked Arizona with per-game averages of 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds, to go with a .633 (140-of-221) field goal percentage through 24 appearances (all starts). He has scored in double figures in 33 consecutive games dating back to last season, posted eight 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 twice this season, leads all conference players in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage (.694/25-fo-36) and ranks in the top 10 in four other statistical categories: scoring (2nd), rebounding (4th), offensive rebounds (2.9 orpg/4th) and defensive rebounds (5.2 drpg/6th).
The nation's most efficient player averaging 2.12 points per field goal attempt, Williams leads the all players nationally with 224 free throw attempts (9.3 per game). In addition to his string of games in double figures, Williams has nine 20-point games and two 30-point games to his credit in 2010-11.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will release the four finalists in March.