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Darren Collison Highlights UCLA's All-Pac-10 Honors
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/09/2009

March 9, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, Arizona State sophomore guard James Harden has been named the 2008-09 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Washington guard Isaiah Thomas has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; USC junior forward Taj Gibson has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; Washington senior guard Justin Dentmon has been named Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and Lorenzo Romar of Washington is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

In a vote of the Pac-10 Coaches during their meetings last spring, the league restructured the All-Conference honors from three teams of five players each, to a 10-player first team and a five-player second team.

The Complete Conference Honors:
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
FIRST TEAM
Name School, Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Last School)
Jon Brockman, WASH, F, Sr., 6-7, 255, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-7, 218, Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Patrick Christopher, CAL, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Justin Dentmon, WASH, G, Sr., 5-11, 185, Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
James Harden, ASU, G, So., 6-5, 218, Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)
Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Jerome Randle, CAL, G, Jr., 5-10, 160, Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)
Taylor Rochestie, WSU, G, Sr., 6-1, 186, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Tulane)

SECOND TEAM
Name School, Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Last School)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Josh Shipp, UCLA, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 220, Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, Fr., 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Nic Wise, ARIZ, G, Jr., 5-10, 177, Houston, Texas (Kingwood HS)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
Alfred Aboya (UCLA, Sr., C/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Sr., G), Calvin Haynes (OSU, So., G), Lawrence Hill (STAN, Sr., F), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Jr., F/C).

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Last School)
DeAngelo Casto, WSU, F, 6-8, 229, Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
DeMar DeRozan, USC, F, 6-7, 220, Compton, Calif. (Compton HS)
Jeremy Green, STAN, G, 6-4, 190, Austin, Texas (Bowie HS)
Jrue Holiday, UCLA, G, 6-3, 180, North Hollywood, Calif. (Campbell Hall HS)
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G, 5-8, 180, Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.)
Klay Thompson, WSU, G, 6-6, 187, Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).

PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Name School, Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Last School)
Alfred Aboya, UCLA, C/F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (N.H.) Prep Academy)
Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6-0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Daniel Hackett, USC, G, Jr., 6-5, 215, Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS)
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6-10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
Venoy Overton (WASH, So., G), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, Sr., F), Seth Tarver (OSU, Jr., G/F).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Thomas, Washington
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gibson, USC
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Dentmon, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington


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