Gibson Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year

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(Mark Avery/AP)

Pac-10 coaches selected Taj Gibson as the Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Gibson and Daniel Hacket were also selected to the All-Conference Second team and Pac-10 All-Defensive team. DeMar DeRozan was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Tonight the Trojans (18-12, 9-9) face the California Golden Bears (22-9, 11-7) at the Staples Center at 6 p.m. in the Pacific Life Pac-10 tournament. The Bears 43.8% three-point field goal percentage currently ranks first in the nation.

USC and Cal split their two previous games this year with each team winning on their own home court. The winner of this game plays the winner of UCLA vs. Washington St. on Friday. The Trojans will need a strong showing in the tournament if they hope to make March Madness.

A Complete list of All-Conference Teams after the jump.

2008-09 Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Honors [pac10.org]


ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Harden, Arizona State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Thomas, Washington
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gibson, USC
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Dentmon, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Romar, Washington

FIRST TEAM
Jon Brockman, WASH, F
Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F
Patrick Christopher, CAL, G
Darren Collison, UCLA, G
Justin Dentmon, WASH, G
James Harden, ASU G
Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F
Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, F
Jerome Randle, CAL, G
Taylor Rochestie, WSU, G

SECOND TEAM
Taj Gibson, USC, F
Daniel Hackett, USC, G

Josh Shipp, UCLA, G/F
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G
Nic Wise, ARIZ, G

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
DeAngelo Casto, WSU, F
DeMar DeRozan, USC, F
Jeremy Green, STAN, G
Jrue Holiday, UCLA, G
Isaiah Thomas, WASH, G
Klay Thompson, WSU, G
Honorable Mention: Kyle Fogg (ARIZ, G).

PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Alfred Aboya, UCLA, C/F
Darren Collison, UCLA, G
Taj Gibson, USC, F
Daniel Hackett, USC, G

Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F

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