March 8, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - For the second-consecutive season, three Washington State University men's basketball players earned Pacific-10 Conference honors as sophomores Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto and freshman guard Reggie Moore picked up accolades, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Thompson, a native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., picked up first-team accolades, becoming the fourth Cougar in four years to be named to the first team. He joins Kyle Weaver (2007), Derrick Low (2007) and former teammate Taylor Rochestie (2009). This year marks the first time since 1997 and 1998 that two Cougars earned first team honors in consecutive seasons. Thompson was one of three underclassmen to be named to the first team, joined by sophomore Isaiah Thomas of Washington and freshman Derrick Williams of Arizona. Last year Thompson was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
Casto, at native of Spokane, Wash., earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors, along with being named to the five-man Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. Casto becomes just the fourth Cougar to earn defensive honors, as Kyle Weaver was named to the team in 2008 and Robbie Cowgill earned honorable mention that same year. Keith Morrison was named the league's defensive player of the year in 1986. Casto also becomes the 10th WSU player to be named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Aron Baynes was the last Cougar to pick up the honors in 2008. Last season Casto was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
Moore, a native of Seattle, Wash., garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors. He becomes the third Cougar in three years to earned all-freshman accolades, marking just the second time in school history that WSU freshmen have been named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in consecutive seasons. Prior to Thompson and Casto picking up the honors last season, Marcus Moore was the last Cougar to earn the honors in 2001.
The Pac-10 All-Conference selections include a 10-player first team and a five-player second team. On top of that, there is a five-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. Players earning at least three votes in the all-conference, all-freshman and all-defensive categories receive honorable mention accolades.
Thompson, the Cougars' leading scorer, is third in the conference and in the top-30 in the nation with a team-best 19.6 points per game, along with a team second-best 5.2 rebounds an outing. He ranks 14th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (5.2 rpg), sixth in 3-point field goals made (2.3 mpg), eighth in free throw percentage (.799) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg), while playing a league fourth-most 35.1 minutes a game. In WSU's regular season finale, March 6 at Oregon, Thompson became the third fastest and 31st overall Cougar to reach 1,000 career points. Thompson accomplished the feat in just 63 games and currently has 1,003 points. He currently has 589 points this season, ranking fourth in the WSU single-season record books, just three points out of third.
Earlier this season, Thompson scored 20-plus points in WSU's first six games, marking the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games during the 1996-97 season. He also broke the Great Alaska Shootout and put up the third-most single game points by a Cougar when he scored 43 points against San Diego to lift WSU to the Shootout Championship in November. He also earned back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the week honors, becoming just the third Cougar to earn the award twice in the same season.
The Pac-10's blocks leader this season, Casto ranks third on the team with 10.7 points and has a team-best 6.9 rebounds a game, along with his 2.1 blocked shots an outing. The 6-8 forward ranks seventh in the league in rebounding (6.9 rpg), ninth in field goal percentage (.498), tied for fourth in offensive boards (2.5 orpg) and tied for eighth in defensive rebounds a game (4.4 drpg). Casto has seven double-doubles on the season and has led the Cougars in rebounding 12 times this season. He scored a career high 19 points twice, against Washington Feb. 27 and Arizona Feb. 6. He's blocked at least one shot in all but one game this season, including a career-high five shots both at California Feb. 13 and at USC Jan. 21. Casto's 63 blocks this season are a sophomore record and rank fourth in the WSU single-season record books, as they are the most since Stuart House blocked 69 shots in 1979-80.
The WSU freshman record for assists and free throws made, Moore has started 29 of WSU's 30 games this season, averaging a team second-best 12.9 points per game. He also holds the WSU freshman record for free throw percentage (.804) and ranks in the Cougar freshman top 10 in 12 other categories. He ranks 13th in the Pac-10 and second among conference freshmen in scoring, fifth overall and first among freshmen in assists (4.1 apg), fifth overall and first among freshmen in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and seventh overall and first among freshmen in free throw percentage (.804). Moore holds the WSU freshman single-game records for free throws made (12) and steals (six) and came one shy of the record for assists after dishing out 12 against Portland State Dec. 19.
WSU takes its No. 9 seed into the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament where it will take on eigth-seeded Oregon, Wednesday, March 10 at 8:10 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Ty Abbott (ASU), G, Jr., 6-3, 207
Patrick Christopher (CAL), G, Sr., 6-5, 215
Landry Fields (STAN), G/F, Sr., 6-7, 200
Quincy Pondexter (WASH), F, Sr., 6-6, 215
Jerome Randle (CAL), G, Sr., 5-10, 160
Michael Roll (UCLA), G, Sr., 6-5, 200
Isaiah Thomas (WASH), G, So., 5-8, 180
Klay Thompson (WSU), G, So., 6-6, 200
Derrick Williams (ARIZ), F, Fr., 6-8, 235
Nic Wise (ARIZ), G, Sr., 5-10, 180
Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
Jamal Boykin (CAL), F, Sr., 6-8, 230
Jeremy Green (STAN), So., 6-4, 190
Calvin Haynes (OSU), G, Jr., 6-2, 185
Theo Robertson (CAL), F, Sr., 6-6, 225
Nikola Vucevic (USC), F, So., 6-10, 220
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): DeAngelo Casto (WSU, So., F), Derek Glasser (ASU, Sr., G), Dwight Lewis (USC, Sr., G), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Sr., F/C), Seth Tarver (OSU, Sr., G/F).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name (School), Pos., Ht., Wt.
Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), F, 6-9, 180
Trent Lockett (ASU), G, 6-4, 211
Reggie Moore (WSU), G, 6-2, 178
Reeves Nelson (UCLA), F, 6-8, 225
Derrick Williams (ARIZ), F, 6-8, 235
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): E.J. Singler (ORE, G/F).
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Name (School), Pos., Yr., Ht., Wt.
DeAngelo Casto (WSU), F, So., 6-8, 231
Jorge Gutierrez (CAL), G, So., 6-3, 185
Justin Holiday (WASH), F, Jr., 6-6, 180
Venoy Overton (WASH), G, Jr., 5-11, 185
Seth Tarver (OSU), G/F, Sr., 6-5, 205
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Eric Boateng (ASU, Sr., C), Patrick Christopher (CAL, Sr., G), Marcus Johnson (USC, Sr., F), Nikola Vucevic (USC, So., F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jerome Randle, California
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Derrick Williams, Arizona
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Seth Tarver, Oregon State
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikola Vucevic, USC
COACH OF THE YEAR: Herb Sendek, Arizona State