If Jason Gardner is going to win Pac-10 Player of the Year, it's going to take some convincing of some of the coaches around the conference.
The early favorite for the award has to be between California's Joe Shipp and Arizona State's Ike Diogu, but the senior point guard for the No. 1 Wildcats definitely has the vote of his coaching staff.
"Last year, the critics said he was scoring too much, this year not enough," UA associate head coach Jim Rosborough said. "Certainly (Joe) Shipp has had a good year, and (Ike) Diogu at ASU. But here we're sitting at 12-1 through a very tough stretch of games. I don't know what else (Jason) could do. I wouldn't trade him for anyone and everyone on our staff would say the same thing."