Only third time ever: 2 Cougs All-Pac-10

WASHINGTON STATE juniors Kyle Weaver and Derrick Low today were named to the All-Pac-10 basketball team. Meanwhile, Tony Bennett was picked Coach of the Year after leading No. 11-ranked WSU to a 24-6 regular season mark. Two more wins will tie the WSU record, held by the 1941 squad that advanced to the NCAA title game. This marks the third time Wazzu has had two players on the Pac-10's first team.

Since the Pac-8 became the Pac-10 in 1978, Washington State has twice, prior to today, had two players on the All-Pac-10 team -- in 1996 with Mark Hendrickson and Isaac Fontaine, and 1980 with Player of the Year Don Collins and Bryan Rison.

Between 1998 and 2006, only one Cougar earned All-Pac-10 honors: Thomas Kelati in 2005.

Bennett is WSU's third Pac-10 Coach of the Year winner, following in the footsteps of George Raveling in 1983 and Kelvin Sampson in 1991. A week ago Bennett was named one of the finalists for the national coach of the year award.

Low, from Honolulu, leads the Cougars in scoring with 13.5 points per game and is second on the team in assists and steals. Low also is the team's top three-point shooter, having nailed 63 bombs (on 40 percent accuracy) this season. He is No. 5 in the Pac-10 in minutes played.

Weaver, from Beloit, Wisc., is the Cougars' leader in assists, steals and rebounds, and is second in blocked shots and scoring (11.2 points per game). He also is among the Pac-10 leaders in assists, steals, blocks and rebounds. Weaver is the first player in Pac-10 history to reach 300 points, 125 assists, 125 rebounds, 50 steals and 35 blocks in the same season.

The rest of the nine-member all-Pac-10 first team -- selected by conference coaches -- includes conference player of the Arron Afflalto of UCLA, Jon Brockman/Washington, Aaron Brooks/Oregon, Darren Collison/UCLA, Lawrence Hill/Stanford, Marcus Williams/Arizona and Nick Young/USC.

Earning honorable mention honors are: Ryan Anderson (Cal), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Spencer Hawes (UW), Brook Lopez (Stanford), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU), Gabe Pruitt (USC), Ivan Radenovic (Ariz,), Mustafa Shakur (Ariz.), Josh Shipp (UCLA), Lodrick Stewart (USC) and Ayinde Ubaka (Cal).

The Cougars will be back in action Thursday at the Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles, when they take on the winner of Wednesday's Washington-Arizona State game.


* Back when the conference was called the Pac-8, the Cougars never placed more than one player on the all-conference first-team. However, on two occasions two Cougs were voted to the all-conference second-team in the same year: Steve Puidokas and Harold Rhodes in 1977, and Don Collins and James Donaldson in 1978.

* Going back to the Pacific Coast Conference days, there were two seasons in which more than one Cougar earned first-team honors: 1950 with Gene Conley and Ed Gayda and 1941 with All-American Paul Lindemann and Ray Sundquist.

* WSU will host a public event in Bohler Gym this Sunday, March 11, to celebrate the Cougars' expected bid to the NCAA tournament. Admission is free. Doors open at 2 p.m. CBS will air the selection of the 65-team field beginning at 3 p.m. Bud Nameck, the radio voice of the Cougars, will broadcast live from Bohler from 3-4 p.m.

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