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Williams a Wooden Award All-American
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/30/2011
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March 30, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams was named a member of the John R. Wooden Award All-America team, it was announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

In addition to Williams, the 10-member team includes Jimmer Fredette of BYU, Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State, Marcus Morris of Kansas, Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, Nolan Smith of Duke, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Kemba Walker of Connecticut.

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 a Wooden All-American makes him the 11th Arizona player to earn All-America kudos from the award since 1988, and the first since Salim Stoudamire in 2005. Williams was also a first-team All-America selection by Sports Illustrated, and a second-team pick by the Associated Press, USBWA, foxsports.com and the Sporting News.

The top five men’s vote-getters are invited to Los Angeles for the Friday, April 8, announcement of the 2011 John R. Wooden Award winner as the college basketball player of the year. The presentation of the John R. Wooden Award Trophy will be made as part of the Wooden Award Gala at 6 p.m. PDT.

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 John R. Wooden Award
Men’s All American Team

 

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Jimmer Fredette*

6-2

Sr.

G

Brigham Young

Mountain West

Ben Hansbrough

6-3

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

JaJuan Johnson

6-10

Sr.

F/C

Purdue

Big Ten

Kawhi Leonard

6-7

So.

F

San Diego State

Mountain West

Marcus Morris

6-9

Jr.

F

Kansas

Big 12

Jacob Pullen

6-0

Sr.

G

Kansas State

Big 12

Nolan Smith

6-2

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Jared Sullinger

6-9

Fr.

F

Ohio State

Big Ten

Kemba Walker

6-1

Jr.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Derrick Williams

6-8

So.

F

Arizona

Pac-10

 

(Players listed alphabetically.)

*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden Award ballot

 

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