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Monday, March 6, 2006 - Page updated at 03:58 PM

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College Basketball

UW's Roy named Pac-10 player of the year

Seattle Times stafff reporter

Winning awards wasn't the main reason Brandon Roy returned for his senior season at Washington.

But the senior guard has readily admitted that as the season has progressed, he's wanted to win whatever awards he could, figuring it symbolized not only the kind of season he is having, but his team, as well.

Consider it another of Roy's missions accomplished as he was named as the Pac-10 player of the year today in voting by the conference's 10 coaches.

It's only the second time a Husky has won the award since it was instituted in 1976. Christian Welp won it in 1986.

"That's something that would really be important to me,'' Roy said a few weeks ago about the possibility of winning the award. "I've seen Josh Childress (of Stanford) win it and Ike Diogu (of Arizona State) and those are really special players. To bring it back to Washington and be the guy to do it would be really special.''

Roy finished the regular season second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.6 – but first when considering only conference games at 22.0 – and also ranked among the leaders in rebounding (11th, 5.8); field goal percentage (4th, 50.9); assists (4th, 4.14); free throw percentage (5th, 81.9); steals (8th, 1.34); blocked shots (10th, 0.83); and assist-to-turnover ratio (1st, 1.82).

Roy wasn't alone in winning honors today as point guard Justin Dentmon and forward Jon Brockman were each named to the conference's all-freshmen team. Each was a starter all season as the Huskies finished 24-5 overall and 13-5 and in second place in the Pac-10.

Roy was also named to the 10-man All-Pac-10 team.

Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were each named as honorable mention selections to the All-Pac-10 team.

A Garfield High grad, Roy also won the Pac-10 player of the week award three straight times late in the season as he led the Huskies on an eight-game winning streak to end the regular season.

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A 6-foot-6 guard, he also won acclaim for his defensive work against many of the conference's top players, such as UCLA's Jordan Farmar and Stanford's Chris Hernandez.

Roy thought seriously about heading for the NBA after last season, but didn't in large part because he had suffered a knee injury in November 2004 that limited his play the rest of the year.

Once he decided to stay, Roy dedicated himself to this season, working all summer on his game and getting back in shape, and he has had no problems with the knee again.

He scored a career-high 35 points in back-to-back games early in the year against Arizona State and Arizona and also had a stretch of nine straight games scoring 20 or more points.

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