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Four Pioneers Named All-WAC
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 03/10/2013
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DENVER - University of Denver men's basketball players Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas), Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas), Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Royce O'Neale (Killeen, Texas) were voted All-WAC by the league's coaches.

Udofia was selected to the All-WAC First Team, Hallam made the All-WAC Second Team, and Olson and O'Neale both earned spots on the All-WAC Third Team. Additionally, Udofia and Hallam were voted to the WAC All-Defensive Team.

"Having four players honored by the league's coaches is a complement to our team as a whole," head coach Joe Scott said. "The success we have enjoyed this season has been a group effort, and I'm happy these guys were recognized for their hard work."

Udofia is second in the WAC this season in blocked shots (2.38) and assist/turnover ratio (1.82); fifth in field goal percentage (.516); sixth in assists (3.45) and steals (1.59); ninth in scoring (12.9); and 14th in free throw percentage (.701). The junior is the only player in the WAC ranked among the top 10 in both blocks and steals at second and sixth, respectively. Udofia was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and All-SBC First Team last year.

Denver's lone senior, Hallam has made 62 steals this season, the sixth most in DU history and just nine shy of the single-season record, and has 196 career steals, more than anyone in Denver's Division I history and second overall. Hallam is second in the WAC and 25th in the NCAA this season in steals (2.14). Hallam is also fifth in the WAC in three-point percentage (.409), seventh in field goal percentage (.484), and ninth in three-pointers made (1.62). Hallam, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the final three games of the 2011-12 season due to a back injury, was a 2010-11 All-Sun Belt Second Team selection.

O'Neale is one of only two players to rank among the WAC's top 15 in scoring (14th - 11.5), rebounding (14th - 5.6), assists (sixth - 3.45) and steals (10th - 1.45). O'Neale actually ranks among the WAC leaders in 10-of-13 categories: also third in minutes played (35.07), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.52), seventh in defensive rebounds (4.59), eighth in free throw percentage (.752), 12th in field goal percentage (.453), and 13th in three-point percentage (.346). O'Neale, who earned WAC Player of the Week honors for Dec. 10-16, recorded double-doubles against Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 15) and UTSA (Jan. 6).

Olson, who has earned WAC Player of the Week for Jan. 14-20, is second in the WAC this season in three-pointers made (2.41), third in three-point percentage (.446), seventh in minutes played (33.38), ninth in field goal percentage (.474) and 14th in steals (1.14). Olson has stepped up during conference games, ranking first in three-point percentage (.473) and assist/turnover ratio (2.67), second in three-pointers made (2.39), seventh in both field goal percentage (.521) and minutes played (34.67), 11th in assists (3.11) and 13th in scoring (11.9)

The Pioneers have won 10-straight games, are 17-1 since New Year's Eve and are 20-3 since Dec. 5, including an 8-3 record on the road during that stretch.

In the past 23 games, Denver has shot 51.3 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from three-point range and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.60. In that time, DU has outscored opponents by 14.3 points, holding them to just 53.0 points.

Denver heads to the WAC Tournament this week as the No. 2 seed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pioneers (21-8, 16-2 WAC) won a share of the WAC regular season title, but Louisiana Tech took the top seed due to a tiebreaker, which was determined by RPI.

DU received a bye in the first round and will take on the winner No. 7 Texas State (10-21, 5-13 WAC) and Seattle (8-21, 3-15 WAC) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. MT.

The Pioneers are ranked No. 29 in the Pomeroy Rankings, 49 in the Sagarin Rankings, 51 in ESPN's BPI and 58 in the RPI.

2012-13 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners

All-Conference
First Team
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Bandja Sy, Sr., F, New Mexico State

Second Team
Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State
Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State
Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

Third Team
Brett Olson, So., G, Denver
Royce O'Neale, So., F, Denver
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Kevin Butler, Sr., F, UT Arlington
Michael Hale III, Sr., G, UTSA

Player of the Year:
Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho
Freshman of the Year:
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Don Haskins Coach of the Year
: Michael White, Louisiana Tech

All-Defensive Team
Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver
Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver
Michale Kyser, So., F, Louisiana Tech
Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech
Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

All-Newcomer Team
Alex Hamilton, Fr., G, Louisiana Tech
Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State
Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State
Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

 

-EXPERIENCE DENVER ATHLETICS-

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