March 6, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Men's Basketball Head Coach Tony Bennett was named the United States Basketball Writers Association District 9 Coach of the Year, Tuesday.
The honor comes a day after Bennett was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year. The USBWA District 9 is comprised of schools from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
Bennett has led the Cougars to 24 wins this season, tied for the third most in school history and two shy of the WSU record set in 1940-41. The Cougars play in a Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal, Thursday against either Washington or Arizona State.
In addition to Bennett's award, WSU junior guard Derrick Low was named All-District 9. He is joined by Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison of UCLA, Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Bobby Brown (Cal State Fullerton), Sean Denison (Santa Clara), Brandon Heath (San Diego State), Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington), Marcus Williams (Arizona) and Nick Young (USC). For Low, it is the third honor this season having been named All-Pacific-10 and First Team All-District 14 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Low leads Washington State in scoring at 13.5 points per game. A native of Honolulu, he has started all 30 Cougar games this season and ranks fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference with 34.00 minutes per game, eighth in 3-point field goals made (2.10 per game) and steals (1.40 per game), and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (40.1). His scoring average is 15th in the conference.
On Washington State's career lists, Low ranks in free throw percentage (third, 80.6), 3-point field goals (12th, 116), 3-point field goal percentage (12th, 37.1), steals (tied-13th, 92), steals average (16th, 1.26 per game), assists (16th, 194), and assists average (18th, 2.66 per game).