Jan. 10, 2011
SEATTLE - Isaiah Thomas was rewarded for one of his finest week's as a collegiate basketball player on Monday when Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced him as the conference player of the week.
The player of the week honor is the first for Thomas and the 40th time a Husky has been so honored. It is the second-consecutive week a Husky has been recognized after Matthew Bryan-Amaning was rewarded for his efforts down in Los Angeles. Remarkably, it is the first time different Huskies have won in back-to-back weeks since the conference first started handing out the award in 1983-84.
Thomas, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 assists and shot 46.2% from the 3-point range as Washington swept Oregon and Oregon State in Seattle to move to 4-0 in Pac-10 play. He had an assist to turnover ratio of 4.3 (17 assists/4 turnovers) to lead Washington to its best start in conference play since 1984.
"It's a blessing and everything I do is dedicated to my brother (Abdul) Gaddy," said Thomas upon learning he won the award. "It's an honor to be picked player of the week, but I wish there was an award for the team of the week because without my teammates, I don't get this award."
The Huskies learned on Wednesday that point guard Abdul Gaddy would miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in practice and the news inspired Thomas' play. Against the Ducks on Thursday, Thomas scored 20 points (7-of-14 shooting, 2-of-4 from 3-pt range) and equaled a career-high with 9 assists. He also grabbed six rebounds (3 offensive) had three steals and threw down his first collegiate dunk. Washington beat Oregon 87-69.
Thomas continued his stellar play on Saturday in a 103-72 win vs. Oregon State. He scored 19 points - including a career-high tying four 3-pointers - and dished out 8 assists. Thomas was the Huskies main offensive weapon in the first half where he scored 14 points, and in the second half turned to distributer, dishing out five of his assists. The Huskies outscored OSU 63-33 over the final 20 minutes and reached 100 points for the fifth time this season - equaling the school's single-season record.
Thomas currently leads the Pac-10 in assists (4.8 apg), is fourth in scoring (16.0 ppg) and fourth in assist to turnover ratio (2.1 with 72 assists and 34 turnovers).
Overall, the Huskies have won 11-straight over conference opponents - its longest streak against league foes since the Pac-10 formed in 1978. The Huskies have moved up to 18th in latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll.
It was also announced on Monday that Thomas is one of 20 finalists for the Cousy Award. This annual award is given to college basketball's top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy. An original list of 70 plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee. For a complete list, visit www.cousyaward.com