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March 5, 2007 at 1:11 PM

More on all-conference honors

I didn’t get the whole team on the previous post so I’ll do it here.
The coaches picked just nine players this year for the first time since 1985 — rule is all players have to be mentioned on at least half the ballots to get on the team (coaches vote for the team but can’t vote for their own players or themselves).
Here’s the team:
Arron Afflalo, UCLA
Jon Brockman, Washington
Aaron Brooks, Oregon
Darren Collison, UCLA
Lawrence Hill, Stanford
Derrick Low, WSU
Kyle Weaver, WSU
Marcus Williams, Arizona
Nick Young, USC
Player of the year was Afflalo.
Freshman of the year went to Chase Budinger, with five others named to the all-freshman team — Spencer Hawes, Ryan Anderson of Cal, Taj Gibson of USC, Brook Lopez of Stanford and Tajuan Porter of Oregon.
Tony Bennett of WSU was coach of the year.
As I explained here last week, I would have voted for Brooks. Somebody protested to me that he’s a ballhog who got a lot of points just because he took a lot of shots. But in Pac-10 games only, he took just one more shot than Afflalo in one more game, so he didn’t really hoist up that many more than Afflalo. I just thought Brooks meant more to his team, especially when considering all the last-second shots he hit.
Coach of the Year is unarguable.
I would have gone with Ryan Anderson for Freshman of the Year — I thought he was more consistent than Budinger, though Budinger actually ended up averaging 14.9 PPG in conference games to Anderson’s 14.7 (Anderson averaged 6.8 rebounds to Budinger’s 5.9).
I’m surprised Mustafa Shakur didn’t make the team — I figured he would have been the 10th guy. Shakur’s 7.0 assists per game are the most in the conference since Brandon Granville averaged 8.3 for USC in 2000. But evidently all those turnovers — Shakur had 63 in Pac-10 games only, the most in the conference (Justin Dentmon had 55) — made the difference.

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