Jerome Randle Named Pac-10 Player of the Year!

March 8, 2010

Big things come in small packages...

Things are looking up for CAL sports.

By Jeff Faraudo
Oakland Tribune

Posted: 03/08/2010 11:23:41 AM PST

Updated: 03/08/2010 11:36:35 AM PST
Senior point guard Jerome Randle, who led Cal to its first conference championship in 50 years, was named Pac-10 Player of the Year today.Randle averages 18.7 points and 4.53 assists and leads the Pac-10 in free-throw accuracy at 92.7 percent. He also tied his own school record with 82 3-point baskets.

Patrick Christopher joined Randle on the 10-man all-conference first team, selected by the coaches, and seniors Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin were named to the five-man second unit.

Stanford senior Landry Fields, who leads the conference in scoring at 22.2 points per game and is second in rebounding at 8.7, also was a first-team selection.

Cal sophomore Jorge Gutierrez was chosen to the five-man all-defensive team.

The Bears (21-9, 13-5) open play in the Pac-10 tournament Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Cal will play the winner of Wednesday night’s game between Oregon and Washington State.

Herb Sendek of Arizona State was voted Coach of the Year after guiding the underdog Sun Devils to a second-place conference finish and 22 victories.

Arizona’s Derrick Williams won Freshman of the Year honors. Williams averaged 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Oregon State’s Seth Tarver, who leads the league with 69 steals, was named Defensive Player of the Year, and USC’s Nikola Vucevic, the Pac-10 rebounding leader at 9.4 per game, was voted Most Improved Player.

Randle becomesthe fourth Cal athlete named Pac-10 Player of the Year and the first since Ed Gray won it in 1997. Jason Kidd captured the award in 1994 and Shareef Abdur-Rahim in ’96.

Randle and Christopher both are repeat first-team picks. Christopher is the Bears’ second-leading scorer (16.0) and rebounder (5.5).

Robertson, a graduate of De La Salle High, averages 13.8 points and is the league leader in 3-point accuracy at 43.5 percent. Boykin contributes 11.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds and is third in the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage at 58.8.

The remainder of the first team includes Washington’s Quincy Pondexter and Isaish Thomas, Arizona’s Nic Wise and Williams, UCLA’s Michael Roll, Washington State’s Klay Thompson and Arizona State’s Ty Abbott.

It was good to see them get this one right, unlike in the WCC, where they gave the award to Matt Boudin of Gonzaga over Omar Samhan

2 Responses to “Jerome Randle Named Pac-10 Player of the Year!”

  1. tophatal said

    Steve

    Well I never they’re still playing basketball in the PAC-10 ! Are any of the teams there good enough to take on the U Conn Huskies women’s team ?

    Alan Parkins

    • Steve said

      relax…

      Unless they had 5 Brittney Greniers, then they would get run off the court and dunked on repeatedly.

      And this is from a person that coaches Womens HS basketball.

      Maybe you forget how good the Pac-10 has been? one somewhat down year, is that the best you got? UCLA was just in three straight final fours. CAL has been a tournament team, WASH and AZ have been consistent teams as well, with AZ making the dance 25 years in a row! (until this year, unless they win it all)

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