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General: Possesses an athletic ability that makes his all-around game look effortless ... Show significant improvement on the defensive end after notching career highs in blocks (16) and steals (50) as a junior ... Few players entered this program with higher expectations, but he delivered on that promise by finishing his career ranked 11th on the UA career points scored list with 1,697 ... Only two players in UA history - NBA veterans Sean Elliott (1,820) and Bob Elliott (1,701) - have scored more points in their first three collegiate seasons than Budinger ... Eight career double-doubles ... Led the team in each of the last three seasons in three-point field goals (190) and shot better than 52 percent from inside the arc during his career ... Tallied 85 games in double figures, including 31 games with 20 or more points and three 30+ contests ... Averaged 35.4 minutes per game over his 100-game career, the second-highest figure in Arizona history (Jason Gardner).
2008-09 (Junior): A second-round selection of the Detroit Pistons (44th overall) and had rights later traded to Houston in 2009 NBA Draft ... Announced his intention to enter the 2009 NBA Draft on April 7 ... Honorable Mention All-America selection by the Associated Press ... A second-team NABC all-District 20 pick ... USBWA all-District IX selection ... Earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors in voting done by the league's head coaches ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 2 ... Has 16 20-point games this season ... His 1,317 minutes played in 2008-09 were the most for a single season in school history and his 630 points equaled the 11th-best figure in UA annals ... Ended the season as the Pac-10 leader in minutes played (37.6), ranked fourth in scoring (18.0 ppg), sixth in three-point FGs made (1.9), seventh in steals (1.4) and 10th in FT percentage (.801), assist:turnover ratio (1.4) and assists (3.4) ... Named to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy ... A preseason honorable mention Associated Press preseason All-American ... One of 50 players named to the Preseason Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award on Nov. 7 ... Ended his collegiate career with a game-high 22 points to go with three assists vs. Louisville on 3/27 ... Collected 15 points and five rebounds vs. Cleveland State on 3/22 ... Posted a sterling 20-point, eight-rebound, six-assist, and four-steal effort in NCAA Tournament win on 3/20 vs. Utah ... Hit just 3-of-15 FGs and finished with eight points and four assists on 3/12 vs. Arizona State ... Equaled season highs with 10 FG and four treys en route to 28 points to go with five assists on 3/7 vs. Stanford ... Scored a season-high 28 points to go with four assists vs. California on 3/5 ... Collected 20 points (8-of-13 FG) and eight boards before fouling out at Washington on 2/28 ... Finished out of double figures for the first time in 15 games on 2/16 at Washington State when he finished with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting ... Posted a nice stat line of 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals on 2/22 at Arizona State ... Equaled a season high with five steals to go with 17 points and five assists on 2/14 vs. UCLA ... Hit 8-of-11 FGs (3-of-4 treys) to finish with 25 points, six boards and four assists on 2/12 vs. USC ... Tallied 25 points (16 in first half), nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals on 2/7 at Oregon ... Posted a game-high 17 points to go with eight boards and three assists on 2/5 at Oregon State ... Registered his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 1/31 vs. Washington State, where he tallied 10 of UA's points in the decisive 26-4 run in second half ... Poured in 25 points, eight boards and four assists on 1/29 vs. Washington ... Posted 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a season-best 43 minutes vs. Houston on 1/24 ... Tallied 14 points, eight boards and four assists on 1/21 vs. Arizona State ... Connected on 3-of-6 treys and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists at USC on 1/17 ... Posted 14 points, five rebounds and two steals at UCLA on 1/15 ... Hit 8-of-9 FTs en route to 24 points and six boards on 1/10 vs. Oregon State ... Scored 20 points for the first time in five games on 1/8 vs. Oregon to go with three assists and zero turnovers in 36 minutes ... Reached double-figures with 12 points and six rebounds on 1/4 at Stanford ... Struggled from the floor, hitting just 4-of-16 FG attempts, to finish with nine points and three assists at California on 1/2 ... Posted his first double-double of the year (seventh career) with 16 points and 12 boards on 12/29 vs. Weber State, while also added six assists and two blocks ... Held out of double figures (5 pts.) for the firsts time this season on 12/23 vs. Kansas, but equaled a season high with three steals ... Scored a team-high 22 points to go with two blocks at UNLV on 12/10 ... Tallied 14 points, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes vs. Gonzaga on 12/14 ... Registered 14 points and six rebounds vs. San Diego State on 12/10 ... Posted a career-high seven assists as he handled the majority of the point guard duties in the second half at Texas A&M on 12/5 to go with 15 points and six boards ... Had a streak of six straight 20-point games dating back to last season snapped on 12/2 vs. Loyola Marymount, where he tallied 10 points, seven boards and a season-best four assists in just 27 minutes ... Set new season highs with nine boards and 7-of-9 FTs in the win over Northern Arizona on 11/30 ... Equaled a season high with 10 FGs vs. Santa Clara on 11/25 ... Hit 10-of-11 FGs, including all four three-point attempts, to finish with 24 points and a season-high three steals on 11/24 vs. Mississippi Valley State ... Tallied season-high totals of 27 points and six rebounds vs. UAB on 11/18 while playing all 40 minutes ... Scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first half vs. Florida Atlantic on 11/17 to go with five boards and four assists.
2007-08 (Sophomore): Declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft on April 8, but removed himself from consideration on June 16 ... One of two Wildcats to start every game this season ... His 1,200 minutes played are the most for a Wildcat since Jason Gardner (1,298) in 2001-02 ... Honorable mention Associated Press All-American ... An NABC second team all-District 15 selection ... 2008 third team all-Pac-10 selection ... Shot 70-of-161 (.435) over the last 13 games ... A midseason Top-30 selection for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy ... Included on the preseason watch list for both the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy ... A Playboy preseason All-America selection ... An honorable mention Associated Press preseason All-American ... Ranked second on the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding, (5.4 rpg), while ranking fourth in three-point FG percentage (.380) and assists (2.9 apg) ... Finished with a game-high 23 points (8-of-13 FG) to go with five boards and three assists in NCAA Tournament game vs. West Virginia on 3/20 ... Posted 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds on 3/13 vs. Stanford ... Equaled a career high with five assists to go with 14 points (6-of-8 FG) on 3/12 vs. Oregon State ... Collected nine rebounds, his highest rebound total in 15 games, on 3/8 at Oregon to go with 16 points and three assists ... Became the 42nd player in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points when he tallied 17 at Oregon State on 3/6 to go with six boards and three assists ... Scored 24 points, his best effort since Jan. 31, to go with seven boards and four assists in 40 minutes vs. UCLA on 3/2 ... Finished out of double figures (seven points) on 2/28 vs. USC, but equaled a career high with five assists ... Hit 8-of-13 FG, including his first five attempts, en route to a game-high 22 points to go with six boards and four assists at Washington State on 2/23 ... Scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with a team-high four assists at Washington on 2/21 ... Tallied 23 points (3-of-5 3FG), six boards and a steal on 2/16 vs. Stanford ... Hit 9-of-12 FTs (both career highs) to post 18 points (15 in second half), five boards, four assists and three steals on 2/14 vs. California ... Finished with four points (1-of-12 FG), four rebounds and two steals on 2/10 vs. Arizona State ... Hit just 4-of-12 FGs to finish with nine points at UCLA on 2/2, his first time out of double figures in 12 games ... Buried 11-of-20 FGs, including 4-of-7 treys, to finish with 29 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists on 1/31 at USC ... Hit 5-of-10 treys en route to 25 points to go with two steals on 1/26 vs. Washington ... Collected 22 points (4-of-7 3FG), five boards and four assists on 1/24 vs. Washington State ... Posted 21 points (17 first half) and a career-high six steals -- a UA season best -- on 1/19 at California ... Tallied 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting and equaled a season high with two steals on 1/17 at Stanford ... Posted first double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 rebounds at Houston on 1/12 ... Played a career-best 45 minutes at Arizona State on 1/9 where he finished with 14 points (2-of-10 3FG) and four rebounds ... Scored a season-high 30 points on 1/5 vs. Oregon, including a career-high 12 FGs, to go with seven boards in 40 minutes ... Posted 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half vs. Oregon State on 1/3 to go with seven rebounds and four assists ... Scored 20 points for the first time in seven games on 12/29 at Memphis to go with six boards in 38 minutes ... Finished with 13 points, six boards and three assists vs. San Diego State on 12/22 ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to go with six points and a blocked shot on 12/19 at UNLV ... Equaled a career high with five assists vs. Fresno State on 12/16 to go with 16 points ... Tallied just eight points in a career-best 40 minutes on 12/8 vs. Illinois, which was just his sixth game out of double figures in his career ... Scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half vs. Texas A&M on 12/2 ... Collected 17 points, five boards and three assists on 11/28 vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Posted a season-high 27 points, six boards and two steals on 11/15 at Kansas, an effort that included a career-best 6-of-12 shooting from behind the arc ... Collected 15 points, a season-high seven rebounds and five assists on 11/21 vs. Adams State ... Equaled a career-high with five assist vs. UMKC on 11/19 ... Posted 15 points, five boards and a career-high five assists on 11/17 vs. Virginia ... Equaled career highs of eight FTs and four assists en route to a game-high 25 points vs. Northern Arizona on 11/13.
2006-07 (Freshman): An NABC second team all-District 15 selection ... A second team freshman All-America selection by both rivals.com and collegehoops.net ... 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (5th Wildcat to earn the honor) ... Is one of just nine freshman to score more than 400 points in season in Arizona history ... Finished the season ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.6 ppg), 14th in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and fourth in FT percentage (.845) ... Ranked 52nd nationally in FT percentage ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 20 after averaging 25.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in wins over Northern Arizona and New Mexico State, and is just the second freshman in league history to win the debut P.O.W. honor in his debut season ... Tallied a team-high 15 points to go with six boards and a block on 3/16 vs. Purdue ... Scored all 10 points in the first half vs. Oregon on 3/8 ... Hit just 3-of-12 shots en route to seven points and four boards at Stanford on 3/3 ... Posted his team-leading fifth double-double of the year with 18 points and a season-best 12 rebounds to go with a season-high four assists at California on 3/1 ... Scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half (8-of-12 FG), including the game-clinching FTs with one second remaining, to go with two assists and two steals on 2/25 at Arizona State ... Tallied 13 points and two assists vs. UCLA on 2/17 ... Led the Cats with 19 points and added five boards and a season-high four assists on 2/15 vs. USC ... Topped 30 points for the second time this season and posted his fourth double-double (30 pts./10 reb.) on 2/10 at Oregon, including two key FT with two seconds remaining ... Finished out of double figures for the first time in seven games and equaled a season low one rebound on 2/8 at Oregon State ... Collected 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists on 2/3 vs. Washington ... Registered 19 points, five boards and two steals on 2/1 vs. Washington State ... Posted 16 points and seven rebounds (all in the second half) vs. North Carolina on 1/27 ... Collected his third double-double with game-high totals of 21 points (4th 20-pt. game) and 11 boards vs. Arizona State on 1/24 ... Posted 10 points, eight boards and two steals on 1/20 at UCLA, but missed all four shots from three-point range ... Tallied 14 points, eight boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes at USC on 1/18 ... Scored a season-low four points and added three rebounds on 1/14 vs. Oregon ... Posted the second double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 boards on 1/11 vs. Oregon State to go with four assists and three steals ... Struggled a bit at Washington State on 1/6, totaling eight points (second time out of double figures), five rebounds and two assists ... Tallied a team-high 23 points to go with two assists, a career-best four steals, zero turnovers in 38 minutes on 1/4 at Washington ... Equaled a season high with three steals to go with 13 points (6-of-6 FT) and four boards (all in second half) on 12/28 vs. Stanford ... Hit 5-of-8 FGs vs. California on 12/28 to finish with 12 points, three boards, three assists and two steals ... Scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half vs. Memphis on 12/20 where he played a season-best 37 minutes ... Collected 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks on 12/17 vs. Houston ... Tallied only five points (2-of-9 FG) and a rebound on 12/9 vs. San Diego State, but managed a block and two steals ... Made his Madison Square Garden debut with 17 points (7-of-12 FG), three blocks and three steals on 12/5 vs. Louisville ... Earned Hall of Fame Challenge Player-of-the-Game honors following his 22-point, 8-rebound, 3-assist performance on 12/2 vs. Illinois ... Collected his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes vs. UNLV on 11/28 ... Tallied 14 points (7-9 FG), eight boards and a block on 11/19 vs. Samford ... Scored 19 points and added seven boards and four assists on 11/19 vs. New Mexico State ... Hit 11-of-15 FGs, including 5-of-6 treys, to finish with 32 points vs. Northern Arizona on 11/15 -- 23 of those points came in the first half which is believed to be a UA freshman record for points in a half, while the 32 points is the seventh-highest freshman total in UA history ... Debuted with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists on 11/12 at Virginia in 32 minutes with 15 of those points coming in the first half.
High School: Signed his national letter-of-intent during the November Early Signing Period ... The most highly decorated prep player to enter the program ... One of the nation's top players in both volleyball and basketball ... Ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in the country and the No. 2 small forward by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Sports Top 100 ... Earned co-Most Valuable Player honors at the McDonald's High School All-America Basketball game and is the 14th McDonald's All-American in school history ... A three-time San Diego County volleyball player of the year and the 2006 Mizuno national volleyball Player of the Year ... Prepped at La Costa Canyon High School, where he earned a total of eight letters ... Named San Diego County male Athlete of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune for his exploits in both basketball and volleyball... Averaged 34 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals for coach Dave Cassaw as a senior in leading LCCHS to the CIF Regional championship ... Finished third in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" voting ... A Parade magazine first team All-American ... Tallied 11 points (5-of-8 FG), three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 21 minutes to claim co-MVP honors in the 2006 McDonald's High School All-America Game, March 29 in San Diego ... Named the Most Valuable Player of the Nike Junior World Championships in Douai, France, in June 2006, where he averaged 28 points and eight rebounds per game as Team USA went 6-0 ... Former tourney MVPs include Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker ... Averaged 27.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as a junior ... As an outside hitter in volleyball, helped the Mavericks win the San Diego section Division I championship for the third consecutive season, and he earned his third straight Union-Tribune boys' volleyball Player-of-the-Year honor ... A scholar athlete at La Costa Canyon.
Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2006-07 31-31 1024/33.0 176-363 .485 50-136 .368 82-97 .845 56-123 179 5.8 53-1 62 49 13 34 484/15.6 2007-08 34-34 1200/35.3 204-457 .446 73-192 .380 102-142 .718 34-150 184 5.4 66-2 99 80 6 38 583/17.1 2008-09 35-35 1317/37.6 219-456 .480 67-168 .399 125-156 .801 49-168 217 6.2 65-1 118 85 16 50 630/18.0 TOTAL 100-100 3541/35.4 599-1276 .469 190-496 .383 309-395 .782 139-441 580 5.8 184-4 279 214 35 122 1697/17.0