Three Cats win honors

University of Arizona men's basketball player Salim Stoudamire was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 24-March 2, while players Jason Gardner and Luke Walton were first team selections to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' all-District 15 team

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1 guard from Portland, Ore., led Arizona to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools for the fourth consecutive season by averaging a team-best 19.0 points and two rebounds in two wins last week. He connected on 14-of-24 field goal attempts (.583), including 7-of-12 (.583) from three-point range, to go with a pair of assists. In Thursday's win at California, Stoudamire scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc, in 29 minutes of action. He followed that up with a team-high 18 points in a win at Stanford, in which he scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to go with three rebounds and an assist in 38 minutes.

On the season, the sophomore is averaging 13.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 23 games. He is shooting 48.8 percent from the filed, including 46.7 percent from three-point range. It is the first time Stoudamire has been so honored by the league office and the 59th all-time for Arizona. It is also the fourth time this season a UA player has earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors.

University of Arizona men's basketball players Jason Gardner and Luke Walton were first team selections to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' all-District 15 team. It marks the second consecutive season in which both players were first team honorees.

Gardner and Walton were joined on the all-District 15 first team by Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Marcus Banks of UNLV and Jason Keep of San Diego. Second team selections were Jason Kapono of UCLA, Errick Craven of USC, Dalron Johnson of UNLV, Mark Hull of UC-Santa Barbara and James Moore of New Mexico State.

Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior guard from Indianapolis, Ind., leads Arizona in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (5.2), steals (1.8), minutes played (854), while also posting a career-best 4.0 rebounds per game average. He is shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including 34.9 percent from three-point range, and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. He's earned NABC all-district honors three times in his career.

Walton, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound senior forward from San Diego, Calif., currently averages 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 21 games this season. He is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and ranks sixth among Pac-10 players with a 42.3 three-point field goal percentage. One of the most versatile players in the country, Walton has 11 double figure scoring games this season to go with 10 games of five or more assists. Walton was a first team selection in 2002 as well.

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