March 3, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior guard Jan-Michael Thomas picked up his second postseason honor of the afternoon when he was named to the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Fred Hessler/All-Newcomer Team announced Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Thomas was named to the men's basketball NABC All-District 14 second team.
Thomas set a school record with 87 three pointers this season and leads the Cougars (10-18 overall, 4-13 Pac-10) in scoring at 14.2 points per game. The Inglewood, Calif., native ranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.412), fourth in free throw percentage (.837) and 14th in scoring.
WSU sophomore forward Eddie Miller earned Pac-10 all-newcomer honorable mention status. Miller leads WSU in field goal percentage (.551) and is second on the Cougars in rebounding at 5.4 per game. The Reseda, Calif., native ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game.
Thomas is the fourth Cougar all-time to be named to the Pac-10 All-Newcomer Team, joining Tony Harris (1993), Shamon Antrum (1995) and Rodrigo de la Fuente (1997). Antrum was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 1995.
Washington State concludes its season Saturday at Washington.
Pac-10 Fred Hessler/All-Newcomer Team
Brian Scalabrine USC SO 6-9 240 Enumclaw, Wash. Alex Scales ORE JR 6-4 195 Racine, Wis. Josh Steinthal OSU SO 6-4 195 Sumner, Wash. Jan-Michael Thomas WSU JR 5-11 169 Inglewood, Calif. Darius Wright ORE JR 6-0 175 Sacramento, Calif.
Honorable Mention: Carl Boyd (CAL, Jr., F), Alton Mason (ASU, So., G), Eddie Miller (WSU, So., F).
Fred Hessler Award (Newcomer of the Year): Brian Scalabrine, USC