March 6, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington senior Brandon Roy, who led the Huskies to a second-place regular-season finish, was the recipient of the Pac-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Year award, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy is just the second player in school history to receive the conference's top honor. He joins Chris Welp who was named the Pac-10 player of the year following his junior season in 1985-86.
Roy currently ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game. The 6-foot-6 guard possesses a remarkable all-around game, also ranking fourth among Pac-10 players in assists (4.1), first in assist/turnover ratio (1.82), fourth in field goal percentage (51%), fifth in free throw percentage (82%), eighth in steals (1.3), 10th in blocked shots (0.8) and 11th in rebounds (5.8).
The Huskies completed the regular season with a 24-5 record- and a 13-5 Pac-10 mark. UW finished strong by winning its last eight games. Roy sparked the late-season surge and won three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards between Feb. 13-27. That's been done only one other time in the Pac-10 over the course of one season (Arizona State's Eddie House in 2000). Roy posted 20 or more points in 15 games this season, including a UW record of nine consecutive 20-point performances.
"It's just a great feeling. There's a long list of Pac-10 Players of the Year and to be considered and to be mentioned with those guys now, I'm speechless," Roy said. "I'm so happy to be a part of that group. I'm proud of my teammates because they put me in a position to win this award."
The conference awards are selected by a vote of the Pac-10 head coaches. Regular-season champion UCLA captured the other two individual awards announced Monday. Ben Howland was named the coach of the year and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was the freshman of the year.
Washington had multiple players named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team for the first time ever. Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) and Justin Dentmon (Carbondale, Ill.) were both picked on the five-man freshman squad.
Brockman leads the Huskies and ranks fourth in the conference with 6.9 rebounds per game. His 52.4-percent field goal shooting is the second best among Pac-10 players. Dentmon is scoring at an 8.1-point clip. He leads all conference freshmen and ranks No. 7 overall with 3.9 assists per game. Dentmon established a new UW freshman record by distributing 112 assists.
An honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection last season, Roy was named to this year's 10-man first-team. Senior Husky teammates Bobby Jones (Compton, Calif.) and Jamaal Williams (Corona, Calif.) were among seven players to earn honorable mention acclaim on the 2006 All-Pac-10 team.
Williams ranks second on the team and 14th among Pac-10 players with an average of 13.3 points per game. He is the league's sixth most accurate shooter at 49.9 percent. Jones is averaging 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. He is listed 20th among all-time Huskies with 1,187 points and fourth in steals with 131.
On Friday, UW sophomore guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year by a vote of the league's radio play-by-play announcers. Appleby, who transferred from Florida after the 2003-04 season, sat out last year as a red-shirt. He is averaging 8.3 points per game and has over one-third of the team's 3-pointers with 65.
Roy was also recognized Monday as a member of ESPN.com's five-man, first-team All-America squad. He is joined by Randy Foye of Villanova and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga along with Duke's J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.
"I'm proud of those young men who received the different awards," remarked UW coach Lorenzo Romar. "When someone is playing solely for an individual award or accolade, it is not as special when they get it. When you're working together as a group or a team and then whoever is deemed as special individually receives those awards, you're just so proud of them.
"A lot of times you talk about someone who doesn't have the numbers who does the little things. Brandon has the numbers and he does the little things. The special ones do the little things, they don't just score or they don't just rebound, they do that and those little things."
Washington moved up in the national rankings released Monday, jumping two spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and climbing from 16th to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
The Huskies return to action Thursday, Mar. 9 in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. Second-seeded UW plays at 8:50 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday's matchup between No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 Washington State.