The Pac-10 announced their awards for the regular season today, and guess what?
James Harden is the player of the year.
He and Jeff Pendergraph both made the Pac-10 "First Team."
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., – In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, ARIZONA STATE sophomore guard James Harden has been named the 2008-09 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, WASHINGTON guard Isaiah Thomas has been named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; USC junior forward Taj Gibson has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; Washington senior guard Justin Dentmon has been named Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and Lorenzo Romar of Washington is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
In a vote of the Pac-10 Coaches during their meetings last spring, the league restructured the All-Conference honors from three teams of five players each, to a 10-player first team and a five-player second team.
The Complete Conference Honors:
Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Jon Brockman WASH F Sr. 6-7 255 Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Chase Budinger ARIZ F Jr. 6-7 218 Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
Patrick Christopher CAL G Jr. 6-5 215 Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
Darren Collison UCLA G Sr. 6-0 160 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Justin Dentmon WASH G Sr. 5-11 185 Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
James Harden ASU G So. 6-5 218 Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)
Jordan Hill ARIZ F Jr. 6-10 235 Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)
Jeff Pendergraph ASU F Sr. 6-9 240 Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Jerome Randle CAL G Jr. 5-10 160 Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)
Taylor Rochestie WSU G Sr. 6-1 186 Santa Barbara, Calif. (Tulane)
With ten players on the first team, it would have been shocking to have left either of them off the list. Unfortunately, it also dilutes the honor of the award.
Many people hoped Brockman would win, but to be honest, Harden is by far the best player in the Pac-10. It's not even close.
On FoxSports.com, Harden was named first team SF nationally. Pretty impressive!
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
SF -- James Harden, 6-5, 220, Soph., Arizona State: Big-time scorer who has expanded his game and taken the Sun Devils to new heights.
By the Numbers: 20.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 spg, 36% 3-pointers
Later, we'll have more Sun Devil good stuff. Check out the Season Recap by ASUBoyd while you are here.