Pondexter, Thomas Named First Team All-Pac-10

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington senior Quincy Pondexter and sophomore Isaiah Thomas earned first team All-Pac-10 honors and juniors Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday were named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Pondexter, the lone Husky senior, ranks among the Conference leaders in numerous per game statistical categories including: scoring (2nd, 20.2 ppg), rebounds (3rd, 7.8 rpg), offensive rebounds (2nd, 3.2), free throw percentage (5th, 83.3%), field goal percentage (6th, 54.3%), defensive rebounds (6th, 4.6) and steals (10th, 1.4 spg).

Pondexter is in the midst of one of the finest seasons in Husky history. He is just the sixth Husky to ever score 600 or more points in a season and his current total of 606 ranks as the fifth most in a year. He equaled a Pac-10 record by earning four Conference Player of the Week awards during the season.

This season, Pondexter has notched 10 double-doubles and scored 20 or more points on 17 different occasions - including four games with 30-plus points. He led or shared the team scoring lead in 16 games.

Thomas, a sophomore out of Tacoma, earned first team all-conference honors after receiving a second team nod and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season. Thomas is averaging 17.2 points per game - which ranks fifth in the Pac-10 - 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. His 1,039 points are the most ever by a UW player in their first two seasons.

Overton, a junior from Seattle's Franklin HS, parlayed his reputation as one of the nation's top on-ball defenders in Pac-10 All-Defensive team honors. He leads the Huskies and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 1.5 steals per game. Overton ranks fifth all-time in UW history with 136 steals.

Holiday, hailing from Chatsworth, Calif., often defended the opponents top offensive threat. Despite not averaging eye-popping numbers, coaches from around the league obviously came to appreciate his ability to change the game in many other ways. He averages 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.

California's Jerome Randle earned Pac-10 Player of the Year, Arizona's Derrick Williams was named Freshman of the Year, OSU's Seth Tarver Defensive Player of the Year, USC's Nikola Vucevic Most Improved Player of the Year and ASU's Herb Sendek was Coach of the Year.

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