2008-2009 Mid-Season All-Conference Team

As usual, it's a tough call deciding the Pac-10 All Conference team, a call made even tougher by the emergence of Justin Dentmon and Jerome Randle. Oddly, UCLA, tied for first place with Washington at the mid-season break, features just one All-Conference performer in Darren Collison.

Washington's three studs have them riding a wave of momentum, and Arizona's resurgence has been led by two of the Pac-10's most talented in Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger.

If the season ended today, here's what my picks would be.
First Team All-Conference

G Justin Dentmon, Washington
G Darren Collison, UCLA
G James Harden, Arizona State
F Jon Brockman, Washington
F Jordan Hill, Arizona

Second Team

G Isaiah Thomas, Washington
G Jerome Randle, California
G Patrick Christopher, California
F Chase Budinger, Arizona
F Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State

Third Team

G Taylor Rochestie, WSU
G Dwight Lewis, USC
G Anthony Goods, Stanford
F Taj Gibson, USC
C Aron Baynes, WSU

Honerable Mention: Demar DeRozan, Daniel Hackett (USC) Klay Thompson 
(WSU) Nic Wise (Arizona) Calvin Haynes (OSU) Lawrence Hill (Stanford) 
Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon, Washington
No player has done more to propel his team in a position to contend for a conference championship than Dentmon, who's currently leading the conference in scoring.

Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon, Washington
After earning All-Conference freshman honors, the former Chicago-area prep star wilted under the intense pressure, wearing too many hats for the depleted Huskies. Dentmon has doubled his scoring output midway through his farewell season and is an easy choice for Comeback Player of the Year.
All-Freshman team

It's no secret that this season's freshman class is weaker than years past, but the following five players are doing their best to carry the torch. Thomas has been a scoring machine all season and is an easy choice for Freshman of the Year honors. DeRozan and Thompson started slowly but have caught fire of late. Jrue Holiday, who has yet to achieve the outrageous preseason hype surrounding him, is quietly putting together a fine season. Dunigan has been slowed by injury but his considerable talents are being wasted on a terrible Ducks team.
G Isaiah Thomas, Washington
G Jrue Holiday, UCLA
G Klay Thompson, WSU
G Demar DeRozan, USC
C Michael Dunigan, Oregon

Freshman of the year: Isaiah Thomas, Washington.

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