Jan. 24, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced that Washington junior point guard Isaiah Thomas is the men's basketball player of the week on Monday.
"Another one for [Abdul] Gaddy," said the two-time weekly award winner Thomas of his fallen teammate, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Thomas (Tacoma, Wash.) averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the Huskies swept Arizona and Arizona State at Alaska Airlines Arena and moved to 7-1 in Pac-10 action for the first time since 1987.
Thomas also shot 52.2% from the field (12-of-23), 42.9% from the 3-point line (3-of-7) and 70% from the charity stripe (14-of-20).
Against Arizona on Thursday, Thomas notched his second-consecutive double-double with 22 points and 10 assists. On the heels of 27 points and 13 assists against Cal on Sunday, Thomas became just the second Husky ever with back-to-back 10 assist games and the first NCAA player since Northeastern's Jose Juan Barea in February 2006 to post back-to-back games with at least 20 points and 10 assists.
He also added 6 rebounds, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
Thomas followed that up with a 19 point, 8 assist, 6 rebound, 3 steal game vs. Arizona State. He also helped slow down the Sun Devils Ty Abbott in the second half, limiting him to 7 of his 20 points.
Thomas wasn't the only Husky that had a strong week. Matthew Bryan-Amaning averaged 24 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.5 blocks and scored a career-high 30 points vs. Arizona State.
"I have to thank God and my teammates because without them, I'm half the player I am," said Thomas. "I have to especially call out Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who had ALOT to do with my success. It (the award) was a toss up and I feel that we shared this award for his play this past week."
Pac-10 rules allow only one nomination per institution.
Thomas moved all the way up to seventh all-time among UW career assists leaders with 312. He passed Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and Donald Watts during the two games. He also is 13th all-time on the UW scoring list with 1,456 points.
It is the second time this season that Thomas has won Pac-10 player of the week honors and the 41st time a Husky has won the award.