ASU's Harden named Pac-10 player of the year

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State star James Harden is the Pac-10 player of the year.

The sophomore from Los Angeles has helped lift the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils to national prominence two years after they finished last in the Pac-10.

Harden is averaging a league-high 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field.

Harden is the third Sun Devil to win the award, along with Eddie House in 2000 and Ike Diogu in 2005. He's also the third sophomore ever to get the award, joining California's Jason Kidd in 1994 and Arizona's Mike Bibby in 1998.