WALNUT CREEK, Calif., - In a vote of the 10
Conference coaches, UCLA junior guard Aaron
Afflalo has been named the 2006-07 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the
Year, ARIZONA forward Chase Budinger has been named Pac-10 Freshman of
the Year and Tony Bennett of WASHINGTON STATE is the Pac-10 Coach of the
Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
The Complete Conference Honors:
Arron Afflalo UCLA G Jr. 6-5 200 Compton, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Jon Brockman WASH F So. 6-7 245 Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Aaron Brooks ORE G Sr. 6-0 160 Seattle, Wash. (Franklin HS)
Darren Collison UCLA G So. 6-2 160 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Lawrence Hill STAN F So. 6-8 205 Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley HS)
Derrick Low WSU G Jr. 6-2 186 Honolulu, Hawaii (Iolani School)
Kyle Weaver WSU G Jr. 6-6 201 Beloit, Wis. (Beloit Memorial HS)
Marcus Williams ARIZ F So. 6-7 205 Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt HS)
Nick Young USC G/F Jr. 6-6 195 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Ryan Anderson (CAL, Fr., F), Maarty Leunen (ORE, Jr., F), Spencer Hawes (WASH, Fr., C), Brook Lopez (STAN, Fr., F), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA, So., F), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, So., F), Gabe Pruitt (USC, Jr., G), Ivan Radenovic (ARIZ, Sr., F), Mustafa Shakur (ARIZ, Sr., G), Josh Shipp (UCLA, So., F), Lodrick Stewart (USC, Sr., G), Ayinde Ubaka (CAL, Sr., G).
Ryan Anderson CAL F 6-10 235 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak
Chase Budinger ARIZ F 6-7 205 Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Taj Gibson USC F 6-9 210 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian, San Fernando, Calif.)
Spencer Hawes WASH C 7-0 250 Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Brook Lopez STAN F 7-0 240 Fresno, Calif (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
Tajuan Porter ORE G 5-6 160 Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance HS)
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Quincy Pondexter (WASH, F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Afflalo, UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Chase Budinger, Arizona
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett, Washington
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
AFFLALO makes his second All-Pac-10 appearance. He was also named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team in 2005. He leads the Bruins, and is third in the conference, averaging 17.2 points per game. Afflalo has scored in double figures in 29 consecutive games and his led the Bruins in scoring in 17 games this year. He's currently the Pac-10's active scoring leader with 1,447 career points, which ranks 21st on UCLA's all-time scoring list. His 199 career three-pointers rank second all-time in Bruin history. He's started 97 of a possible 98 games during his career. He becomes the fifth different Bruin to be honored as Pac-10 Player of the Year, joining Marques Johnson (1977), David Greenwood (1978, 79), Kenny Fields (1983) and Ed O'Bannon (1995).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
BUDINGER becomes the first Wildcat to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year since Salim Stoudamire in 2002, and the fifth Wildcat overall to earn the rookie honor. He's seventh in the league in scoring (15.8 ppg) and 12th in rebounding (5.9 rpg). He's started all 29 games this season and ranks 10th in the league in minutes played with 33.21 per game, wich is second among all Pac-10 freshmen. He's posted a pair of 30-plus point games this season, including a career-best 32-point effort against Northern Arizona in his home debut on Nov. 15.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
BENNETT, 37, has guided WASHINGTON STATE to a 24-6 record, including a 13-5 mark and second-place finish in Pac-10 play. It's the Cougars best league mark and finish since posting a 14-4 record for a second-place finish in 1982-83. The 24 victories are the most by a Washington State squad since the 1940-41 team posted a 26-6 record. Bennett becomes the fourth coach to earn the honor in his first season in the Pac-10. He joins Gary Cunningham (UCLA, 1977-78), Jim Anderson (OSU, 1989-90) and Ben Braun (CAL, 1996-97) as first time winners in their debut seasons in the Pac-10. Bennett becomes the third Cougar coach to be honored, joining George Raveling (1975-76 and 1982-83) and Kelvin Sampson (1990-91).
BY CLASS: 1 senior, 4 juniors, 4 sophomores. All-time low for seniors on the All-Conference team. Previous low was two (2003-04, 1993-94 and 1997-98).
UCLA, WSU - two players each
ARIZ, ORE, STAN, USC, WASH - one player each
ARIZ, CAL, ORE, STAN, USC, WASH - one player each
DOUBLE-UP: UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE each put a pair of teammates on the All-Conference team. Since 1978-79, it's the 19th time the Bruins have placed multiple players on the squad. For the Cougars, it's just the third time with multiple players (also in 1979-80 and 1995-96).
THE STREAK: ARIZONA has placed a player on the All-Conference team for each of the last 24 seasons.