Arizona Basketball: Honors continue to pour in for Williams

2011-03-31T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:13:50Z Arizona Basketball: Honors continue to pour in for WilliamsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 31, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Derrick Williams continued raking in postseason honors Wednesday, when the Arizona Wildcats' sophomore forward was named to the Wooden Award's 10-player All-America team.

Williams was named a second-team All-American pick by The Associated Press on Monday, though the AP's first team had only five players and was voted on by no later than March 14.

The Wooden Award votes were due on March 28, after Williams made a high-profile splash in the NCAA tournament.

Joining Williams on the Wooden team: BYU's Jimmer Fredette, Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard, Kansas' Marcus Morris, Kansas State's Jacob Pullen, Duke's Nolan Smith, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and UConn's Kemba Walker.

Already, Williams has been selected first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, second-team by Sporting News and second team by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Williams has already qualified to have his name on Arizona's basketball "Ring of Fame" based on being the Pac-10 freshman of the year last season, though he must be a national player of the year to have his jersey retired.

As one of the 10 players on the Wooden Award All-American team, Williams is under consideration for the Wooden Award as national player of the year. That honor will be given April 8 in Los Angeles.

Busy Final Four

Arizona coach Sean Miller will not have much time to think about what might have been this weekend at the Final Four.

Miller is scheduled to travel to Houston on Thursday and, on Friday, he is scheduled to be interviewed on Dan Patrick's syndicated radio show and work NCAA-related studio coverage for TruTV.

Miller is scheduled for studio work at 2 p.m. Tucson time and at about 4 p.m. after the NABC/Reese's College All-Star game is played in Houston.

In addition, Miller is also due to compete in another "Final Four" - the Shots from the Heart charity competition. Miller is scheduled to face UNC-Wilmington's Buzz Peterson in the semifinals, though it has not been decided when or where Miller will shoot his free throws.

In earlier rounds of the contest, Miller has taken his 25 shots at Arizona, where staffers reported the results.

Upon returning next week, Miller is scheduled to hold individual player meetings.

Stock rising

NBADraft.net in January put Williams atop its 2011 mock NBA draft, but Draft Express publisher Jonathan Givony said there were still questions about the competition Williams was facing.

Not anymore. Williams put together eye-opening performances against Memphis, Texas and Duke in the NCAA tournament, with Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski telling a Chicago radio station it was the best any individual had played against Duke in two years.

Givony's Draft Express website moved Williams from No. 6 to No. 2 in its mock draft, behind Duke's Kyrie Irving.

"People watch and were saying the Pac-10 was down this year, so it was good for him to go up against other teams and do what he's been doing all year," Givony said. "Those dunks and threes against Duke - he's done that before, but when you do that on that stage, it really sends a message. The Duke game was an incredibly dominant performance."

Recruits in action

UA signees Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner will be playing in nationally televised events this weekend.

Johnson's Findlay Prep team will be playing in the ESPN Rise Invitational starting today, with a 1 p.m. Tucson time game to be shown on ESPNU.

Turner, who switched from Sacramento High School to the Quality Education Academy of Winston-Salem, N.C., will be playing in the All-American Championship doubleheader at Houston.

He will play for the North team starting at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

Greg Wise, father of UA guard Dondre Wise, will be coaching the West team against an East team starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sidiki Johnson, meanwhile, is uncertain if he will play in all-star events this spring, according to mentor Bernard Bowen.

A Bronx resident, Johnson has been attending Wadleigh High School in Harlem after transferring from Oak Hill Academy in midseason. He plans to move to Tucson in the summer.

"He's just focusing on finishing up the year strong, working out every day and getting better," Bowen said. "He's looking forward to being a Wildcat in June."

 

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 3 0 0.250

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 56-78
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 71-43
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Lipscomb at
Colorado
11/30 12:00 pm
Stanford at
DePaul
11/30 12:00 pm
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
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