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WCC Lands Three On USBWA All-District IX Team

March 11, 2009

The West Coast Conference and the Pacific 10 Conference dominated this year's U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 2009 Men's All-District IX Team. The WCC landed three players on the team, while the Pac-10 garnered seven spots. Santa Clara's John Bryant, the 2009 WCC Player of the Year, along with Gonzaga junior guard Matt Bouldin and Saint Mary's sophomore guard Patrick Mills give the WCC the most players it has had on the list since earning three spots in 2005.

Bryant is the only Bronco in school history to score 1,600+ points, grab 1,100+ rebounds and block 200+ shots. Bryant finished his career at Santa Clara No. 1 in rebounds (1,152), No. 1 in blocks (246) and No. 6 in scoring (1,667). He is No. 1 in the country in double-doubles, rebounds per game and total rebounds. Bryant has a national-leading 26 double-doubles this year. He is the 30th player in the history of the NCAA to tally 26+ double-doubles in a season and only the third player in the 21st century. Bryant finished the season with 16 straight double-doubles, dating back to Jan. 11, 2009. It is the longest streak since then-Wake Forest center Tim Duncan pulled down 17 straight in 1997. Duncan has gone on to win four NBA titles with the Spurs and two MVP awards. He is only the 24th player in NCAA history to grab 16 straight double-doubles or more.

Bouldin enjoyed a standout junior season, earning All-WCC first team honors for the second straight season. The Highlands Ranch, CO native was a steady force for the Zags, leading the team in minutes per game (31.4 mpg), while ranking second on the squad in scoring (13.7 ppg) and assists (3.35 apg). Bouldin was one of the most efficient players in the league, shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 73 percent from the free throw line. In addition, he owned a 2.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and led the Zags in steals with 49.

Mills has been the driving force behind the Gaels season, earning All-WCC first team honors for the second consecutive season. Mills ranks second in the conference in scoring with 18.7 ppg. The Canberra, Australia native led the Gaels to an 18-1 record to start the season, setting the school record for a season opening mark. In addition to ranking second in scoring, Mills was third in the league in assists (3.85 apg), while ranking first in steals (2.35 spg), and free throw percentage (.882). On Feb. 4, Mills was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which recognizes the nation's top point guard. Mills was one of 17 players across the three NCAA Divisions named as a finalist, and was one of 13 players from Division I named to the list.

DISTRICT IX (CA, OR, WA, HI, AZ, AK)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
James Harden, Arizona State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Craig Robinson, Oregon State

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
James Harden, Arizona State
John Bryant, Santa Clara
Jon Brockman, Washington
Darren Collison, UCLA
Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
Patrick Christopher, California
Jordan Hill, Arizona
Jerome Randle, California
Patty Mills, St. Mary's
Chase Budinger, Arizona