March 8, 2010
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 set a Pac-10 record by earning five 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.
Pondexter had a strong resume for consideration as Pac-10 Player of the Year, but ultimately the Conference coaches sorted out a difficult decision by giving Cal's Jerome Randle the nod.
"Congratulations to Jerome Randle on having a fantastic season and leading his team to a 21-9 record and securing what will probably be a spot in the NCAA Tournament," said Pondexter prior to practice on Monday. "I'm real proud of him for turning into the player he is after four years and hopefully he has a long and successful career after this."
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.
"It's a blessing," said Thomas about earning his second all-conference honor. "I feel like I deserved it based on my play, but big ups to my teammates because without them, I would not have gotten the recognition."
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.
The other conference awards went to Arizona's Derrick Williams for Freshman of the Year, OSU's Seth Tarver for Defensive Player of the Year, USC's Nikola Vucevic for Most Improved Player and ASU's Herb Sendek for Coach of the Year.