Full Name: Chase Budinger
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 208
Birthdate: May 22, 1988
High School: La Costa Canyon HS
Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore. Also earned Second Team All-District 15 honors from the NABC and was named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press. Named 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Currently ranks as the 39th all-time leading scorer in Arizona history with 1,067 points, and is just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark as a sophomore. Named Most Valuable Player as a member of Team USA at the 2006 Nike Junior World Championships held in Douai, France.
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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