Ah, to be a college student again.
Ty Abbott was woken up by a phone call from Arizona State assistant coach Dedrique Taylor on Monday at 11:30 a.m. to tell the junior guard he'd been voted an All-Pac-10 first team player.
Abbott went through a horrendous shooting slump until last year's postseason. After he missed most early-season practices because of knee surgery, he's averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 42 percent from behind the arc.
"I couldn’t be too excited because I’d just woken up," Abbott said. "It was a good moment for me."
Even ASU coach Herb Sendek was restrained in his outward enthusiasm after being named the coach of the year in the conference.
It's the second time in school history an ASU coach has won coach-of-the-year honors. Ned Wulk won the award in 1979-1980. Sendek also earned his third coach-of-the-year honor in three different leagues (Mid-American, ACC, Pac-10).
The Sun Devils will play Stanford in the Pac-10 tournament on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. The winner plays the Washington-Oregon State winner on Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Freshman Trent Lockett was named to the league's all-freshman team. The 6-foot-4 Lockett is averagong 7 points, 3.6 rebounds and an assist per game.
It was a goal he said was set between him and Sendek long before he arrived on campus.
"I heard about it, called my mom and she was excited, but I'm ready to move on," Lockett said. "We’ve got Stanford coming up and gotta win these in the Pac-10 tournament to hopefully make a run toward the NCAAs."
Senior point guard Derek Glasser was an all-conference honorable mention pick and Eric Boateng was an honorable mention for the all-defensive team.
Following the departures of James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph to the NBA, the Sun Devils were picked to finish seventh in the preseason Pac-10 polls, but wound up in second place at 12-6 (22-9 overall). ASU is vying for a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The second-place Pac-10 finish is tied for the best finish in school history (1980-81).
"It's flattering but most certainly shared," Sendek said while praising his players and staff."
Voting for coaching and all-conference honors was done by the 10 conference coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players for any honor.
"It’s hard to say you want to play and not be mentioned with the best guys in the conference," Abbott said. "It was definitely a goal for me coming into the year, especially after the year I had last year. I wanted to set goals and have high expectations for myself it feels good to be able to achieve that."
California senior guard Jerome Randle was named Player of the Year. Arizona forward Derrick Williams was the Freshman of the Year, Oregon State senior Seth Tarver the Defensive Player of the Year and USC sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic was Most Improved Player of the Year.
Ty Abbott (Arizona State)
Patrick Christopher (California)
Landry Fields (Stanford)
Quincy Pondexter (Washington)
Jerome Randle (California)
Michael Roll (UCLA)
Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
Klay Thompson (Washington State)
Derrick Williams (Arizona)
Nic Wise (Arizona)
Jamal Boykin (California)
Jeremy Green (Stanford)
Calvin Haynes (Oregon State)
Theo Robertson (California)
Nikola Vucevic (USC)
Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA)
Trent Lockett (ASU)
Reggie Moore (Washington State)
Reeves Nelson (UCLA)
Derrick Williams (Arizona)
DeAngelo Casto (Washington State)
Jorge Gutierrez (California)
Justin Holiday (Washington)
Venoy Overton (Washington)
Seth Tarver (Oregon State)