March 17, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball players Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches all-district team, it was released by the organization recently.
Hill, a first-team selection, and Budinger, a second-team pick, were among 10 players named to the District 20 team. It is the first time Hill has been recognized by the coaches association, while Budinger was also a second-team selection in 2006-07.
Hill, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound, junior forward from Atlanta, Ga., is averaging 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game in 31 appearances. Hill shoots 54.8 percent (234-of-427) from the field and leads the Pac-10 with 18 double-doubles. He's scored in double figures a team-leading 30 times this year, including a high of 30 on Jan. 24 vs. Houston, and posted 19 double-figure rebounding games with a high of 22 on Nov. 18 vs. UAB. He has 14 20-point and six 15-rebound games to his credit this season.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound junior forward from Encinitas, Calif., averages 17.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 32 appearances. Budinger shoots 47.2 percent (196-of-415) from the field and 41.0 percent (64-of-156) from three-point range. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals (1.4 spg), free throw percentage (.818), three-point field goals made (2.0 per game), assist:turnover ratio (1.4:1) and minutes played (37.6). Budinger has finished in double figures 28 times this year, including 14 20-point games.
Last week, both Hill and Budinger earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors and were selected all-District IX selection by the USBWA. Additionally, Hill was among 24 players on the final ballot for the John R. Wooden Award.
Arizona (19-13, 9-9 Pac-10) will next be in action on Friday, March 20, vs. Utah in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region first-round game. Tip-off from Miami, Fla., is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT and will be televised by CBS-TV.
National Association of Basketball Coaches 2008-09 All-District 20 Teams
First Team James Harden, Arizona State Jordan Hill, Arizona Darren Collison, UCLA Jon Brockman, Washington Jerome Randle, California
Second Team Chase Budinger, Arizona Justin Dentmon, Washington Taj Gibson, USC Patrick Christopher, California Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State