Derrick Williams Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2010

After a season where he went from unknown to superstar, Derrick Williams was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Monday. It is the first of many postseason awards for the Wildcats star first-year player.

It was also announced that Williams and senior Nic Wise made the Pac-10 first team. They were the only Wildcats to earn postseason accolades from the Pac-10.

On Sunday, Williams was named to the Sporting News All-Freshman Team. Also named to that team were John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins from Kentucky, Kansas's Xavier Henry, and Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech.

Williams becomes the sixth Wildcat to be named Pac-10 freshman of the year. He follows in the footsteps of Sean Elliott, Mike Bibby, Michael Wright, Salim Stoudamire, and Chase Budinger.

Williams averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds a game ranking in the top eight in both categories in the Pac-10.

Williams was an under-the-radar player who originally signed with USC coming out of high school. He fell into the Wildcats lap after the Tim Floyd debacle and was still unknown going into the season.

He quickly made an impression on Wildcat fans, starting all but one game and scoring in double figures in all but three games this season. He has publicly stated on Twitter that he intends to return next season, an exciting thing for Wildcat fans to hear.

This is Nic Wise's first time on the All Pac-10 First Team. Last season he made the All Pac-10 Second Team.