Collison Named Pac-10 POW

The Pac-10 named UCLA sophomore point guard Darren Collison its conference player of the week, when he averaged 17.5 points and 9 assists in leading UCLA to wins against both Arizona State and Arizona on the road. It's the second time that Collison has received the honor this season...

From the Pac-10 Release:

UCLA guard Darren Collison has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

Collison, a sophomore from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 assists last week as the Bruins completed a season sweep of the Arizona schools.

In the Bruins' 67-61 come-from-behind win at Arizona State, Collison scored a career-high 18 points. After trailing 49-43 with just over nine minutes to go, Collison took over the game, scoring 11 straight points for UCLA.

Collison followed his career scoring night with a career assist outing in the 81-66 win at Arizona. The sophomore dished out 15 assists and scored 17 points against the Wildcats, with a career-best five three-point field goals, helping UCLA win at Arizona in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1983-84.

Collison's career-high assists marked the second-best total (tied) in UCLA history behind Earl Watson, who recorded 16 during the second round of the NCAA tournament against Maryland in 2000.

For the week, Collison shot 12-of-24 from the field (.500) and was 8-of-14 from beyond the arc (.571).

This is the second weekly honor for Collison and UCLA's 45th Player of the Week all-time.

2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Chase Budinger, Fr., F, ARIZ. Nov. 27 - Darren Collison, So., G, UCLA. Dec. 4 - Josh Shipp, So., G/F, UCLA. Dec. 11 - Daven Harmeling, So., F, WSU. Dec. 18 - Bryce Taylor, Jr., G, ORE. Dec. 26 - Spencer Hawes, Fr., C, WASH. Jan. 1 - Ivan Radenovic, Sr., F, ARIZ. Jan. 8 - Aaron Brooks, Sr., G, ORE. Jan. 15 - Anthony Goods, So., G, STAN. Jan. 22 - Nick Young, Jr., G/F, USC. Jan. 29 - Brook Lopez, Fr., F, STAN. Feb. 5 - Daven Harmeling, So., F, WSU. Feb. 12 - Jon Brockman, So. F, WASH. Feb. 19 - Darren Collison, So., G, UCLA.

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