March 9, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior guard Taylor Rochestie, freshman guard Klay Thompson and freshman forward DeAngelo Casto earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honors, commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
Rochestie, a native of Santa Barbara, Calif., picked up first-team accolades, becoming just the fourth Cougar in the past decade to be named to the first team. He joins Thomas Kelati (2005) and former teammates Kyle Weaver (2007) and Derrick Low (2007).
Thompson, a native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Casto of Spokane, Wash., garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors. They become the first pair of Cougar freshmen to be honored in the same season. The last WSU freshman to pick up the honors was Marcus Moore in 2001. Robbie Cowgill and Derrick Low were each named all-conference honorable mention in 2005.
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. On top of that, there is a six-person all-freshman team and five-man all-defensive team, as well as a player of the year, freshman of the year, defensive player of the year, most improved player of the year and coach of the year.
Rochestie, the Cougars' leading scorer, is averaging 13.6 points per game, while adding 4.7 assists an outing. He ranks sixth in NCAA Division I with a .891 free throw clip and 74th with a 1.96 assist/turnover ratio. Rochestie scored the 1,000th points of his collegiate career at Oregon State, Jan. 15, and has 932 points as a Cougar. Rochestie ranks 18th in the Pac-10 in scoring, second in free throw percentage, fifth in assists per game, seventh in 3-pointers made (2.0 mpg), third in assist/turnover ratio and second in minutes played (37.3 mpg). Rochestie became the first Cougar to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors since 2006-07 when he captured the award Feb. 23 after scoring a career-high 33 points in an upset of then-No. 20/15 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Feb. 21.
The WSU record holder for starts and minutes played by a freshman, Thompson has started all 30 games this season, averaging 13.1 points per game. He holds the Cougar freshman record for 3-point field goals made with 66 and ranks in the top 10 in 15 other categories. He ranks 20th in the Pac-10 and second among conference freshmen in scoring, eighth overall and second among freshmen in 3-point field goal percentage (.431), fourth overall and first among freshmen for 3-point field goals made (2.2 mpg) and 10th overall and third among freshmen in blocked shots (0.6 bpg). Thompson holds the WSU single-game record for 3-pointers made after knocking down 8-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc at Arizona State Jan. 29.
Casto leads WSU and ranks third in the conference and first among Pac-10 freshmen with 1.3 blocked shots per game. He is adding 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 23.1 minutes of action an outing. Casto had one of the best games of his career against Arizona Feb. 26, scoring 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and recording one blocked shot. He went 5-for-6 from the field in 23 minutes of action. He's blocked at least one shot in 23 of the Cougars' 30 games and has started twice.
WSU takes its No. 7 seed into the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament where it will take on 10th-seeded Oregon, Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM FIRST TEAM 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)
SECOND TEAM Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School) Taj Gibson USC F Jr. 6-9 225 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep) Daniel Hackett USC G Jr. 6-5 215 Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS) Josh Shipp UCLA G/F Sr. 6-5 220 Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS) Isaiah Thomas WASH G Fr. 5-8 180 Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.) Nic Wise ARIZ G Jr. 5-10 177 Houston, Texas (Kingwood HS) Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Alfred Aboya (UCLA, Sr., C/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Sr., G), Calvin Haynes (OSU, So., G), Lawrence Hill (STAN, Sr., F), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Jr., F/C).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School Pos Ht Wt Hometown (Last School) DeAngelo Casto WSU F 6-8 229 Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS) DeMar DeRozan USC F 6-7 220 Compton, Calif. (Compton HS) Jeremy Green STAN G 6-4 190 Austin, Texas (Bowie HS) Jrue Holiday UCLA G 6-3 180 North Hollywood, Calif. (Campbell Hall HS) Isaiah Thomas WASH G 5-8 180 Tacoma, Wash. (South Kent School, Conn.) Klay Thompson WSU G 6-6 187 Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS) Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School) Alfred Aboya UCLA C/F Sr. 6-9 245 Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (N.H.) Prep Academy Darren Collison UCLA G Sr. 6-0 160 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS) Taj Gibson USC F Jr. 6-9 225 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep) Daniel Hackett USC G Jr. 6-5 215 Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS) Jordan Hill ARIZ F Jr. 6-10 235 Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.) Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Venoy Overton (WASH, So., G), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, Sr., F), Seth Tarver (OSU, Jr., G/F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Thomas, Washington DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gibson, USC MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Dentmon, Washington COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington