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March 9, 2009The Oregon State men's basketball team placed three players on the all-conference teams, the league office announced Monday. Calvin Haynes and Roeland Schaftenaar earned honorable mention all-league honors while Seth Tarver was selected as a honorable mention selection to the all-defensive team.
The all-conference honors are the first for Haynes and Schaftenaar during their careers. Haynes leads the team in scoring this season as the sophomore guard enters the Pac-10 tournament 13th in the league at 14.4 points per game. Schaftenaar, who has played the point-center role in offensive sets this season, also earns his first all-league selection after averaging 9.8 points per game and leads the team with 89 assists.
Tarver earns his first honorable mention all-defensive nod after the junior guard became the first Oregon State player to lead the league in steals since Gary Payton during the 1989-90 season. Tarver has recorded 51 steals this season to average 1.8 per contest as the guard averaged 2.0 steals per game in conference play.
In other conference awards, Arizona State sophomore guard James Harden was named Pac-10 Player of Washington guard Isaiah Thomas named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year; USC junior forward Taj Gibson named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; Washington senior guard Justin Dentmon named Pac-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and Lorenzo Romar of Washington was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year,
Oregon State will enter the Pac-10 Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 Stanford on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m.
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM - FIRST TEAM
Jon Brockman, WASH, F, Sr., 6-7, 255, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Taj Gibson, USC, F, Jr., 6-9, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Stoneridge Prep)
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Alfred Aboya (UCLA, Sr., C/F), Anthony Goods (STAN, Sr., G), Calvin Haynes (OSU, So., G), Lawrence Hill (STAN, Sr., F), Roeland Schaftenaar (OSU, Jr., F/C).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
DeAngelo Casto, WSU, F, 6-8, 229, Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Alfred Aboya, UCLA, C/F, Sr., 6-9, 245, Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (N.H.) Prep
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Venoy Overton (WASH, So., G), Jeff Pendergraph (ASU, Sr., F), Seth Tarver (OSU, Jr., G/F).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State