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Chase Budinger

  • Full Name: Chase Andrew Budinger
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 218
  • Birthdate: May 22, 1988
  • College: Arizona
2006-07 31 31 176 363 0.485 82 97 0.845 50 136 0.368 179 62 34 13 484 15.6
2007-08 34 34 204 457 0.446 102 142 0.718 73 192 0.38 184 99 38 6 583 17.1
2008-09 35 35 219 456 0.48 125 156 0.801 67 168 0.399 217 118 50 16 630 18
Totals 100 100 599 1276 0.469 309 395 0.782 190 496 0.383 580 279 122 35 1697 17

An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights:

A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior. Earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American for the second straight year. An All-District IX selection from the USBWA and Second Team All-District 20 from the NABC. One of 50 players named to the Preseason Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award. As a sophomore, named Third Team All-Pac-10 and Second Team All-District 15 from the NABC. Voted as the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. MVP of the 2006 Nike Junior World Championships held in Douai, France as a member of Team USA. Ranks 11th on the Arizona career scoring list with 1,697 career points - the highest total by a player at UA for three seasons or less.

Junior (2008-09):

Averaged 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 appearances. Finished in double figures 31 times, including 16 20-point games. Posted career bests in nearly every statistical category, including field goals (219), free throws (125), free throw attempts (156), rebounds (217), assists (118), steals (50), points scored (630) and scoring average. Total of 1,317 minutes played are the most in school history for a single season. Scored a season-high 28 points in back-to-back games vs. Stanford and California. Notched 27 points vs. UAB. Went 10-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from three-point range vs. Mississippi Valley State. Posted 25 points vs. Oregon and Washington. Recorded a career-high seven assists at Texas A&M, spending much of the second half at point guard.

Sophomore (2007-08):

Averaged 17.1 points (ranked eighth in the Pac-10), 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Scored 20 or more points 13 times. Recorded season-high 30 points vs. Oregon. Sank six threes in scoring 27 points at Kansas. Posted only double-double of the year with 17 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds at Houston. Registered 20 points and six rebounds at Memphis. Tallied 29 points and eight rebounds at USC. Scored 21 points and recorded a career-high six steals at California. Led team with 24 points and seven rebounds vs. UCLA. Notched 23 points vs. Stanford. Hit five three-pointers on his way to scoring 25 points vs. Washington. Scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman (2006-07):

Averaged 15.6 points (ranked seventh in the Pac-10), 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Ranked fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (.845). Scored 20 or more points six times, topping the 30-point mark twice. Exploded for career-high 32 points and added seven rebounds vs. Northern Arizona. Posted five double-doubles, including a 30-point, 10-rebound performance at Oregon. Tallied 22 points and eight rebounds vs. Illinois, earning Hall of Fame Challenge Player of the Game honors. Registered 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds at California. Led team with 16 points vs. North Carolina. Logged 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting vs. Louisville. Recorded 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in his collegiate debut at Virginia. Scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Purdue in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Strengths: Uses vertical leap of over 40 inches to finish strong at the basket. Possesses solid form on a jumpshot with deep range. An excellent rebounder from the wing.

Personal: Majoring in business. An elite volleyball player who was named 2006 Mizuno National High School Volleyball Player of the Year. Brother, Duncan, played volleyball at Long Beach State and sister, Brittanie, played volleyball at San Francisco and professionally in Europe.

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