February 28, 2011

Trasolini Named WCC Player of the Week

WCC Media Coverage for WCC Tournament (includes TV schedule) 

Scoring his 1,000 career point on Saturday and leading the Broncos to their first season sweep of Pepperdine and LMU in 27 years, Santa Clara junior forward Marc Trasolini has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.  It is Trasolini's first Player of the Week honors in his career and the third for the Broncos this season.

Trasolini is the 29th player to score 1,000 career points and the second Bronco this season. He has already moved to No. 27 with 1,015 career points. Kevin Foster and Trasolini are the first duo to both hit 1,000 career points in the same season since then-seniors Jens Gordon and Mitch Burley did it in 1988-89.  Gordon scored 522 points that season to finish his career with 1,356 and Burley scored 377 to finish with 1,258 career points.  The Foster (603) - Trasolini (375) duo have combined for 978 points this season, No. 7 on SCU Single Season Duo list. They need to score 22 points between them to become just the seventh pair to hit 1,000 points in a season. 

Trasolini averaged 26.0 ppg last week in victories over LMU and Pepperdine, shooting 56.7 percent and 7.5 rpg. He hit 18 of 21 free throws, shooting 85.7 percent - making the first 14 free throws vs. LMU. He was 17 of 20 from the free throw line vs. LMU. His 17 free throws were the second most-ever for a Bronco and the 20 attempts were also the second-most for a Bronco (Steve Nash was 21 of 21 vs. SMC in 1995). Trasolini also shot 10-for-15 from the field vs. Pepperdine, shooting 66.7 percent and finished league play with 12.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg, shooting almost 81 percent from the free throw line. He now ranks No. 4 in career blocks with 117.

"I am really excited to win WCC Player of the Week. This is a really big honor for me and I am happy my hard work has paid off the last week," said Trasolini, a Vancouver native.  "Winning both games last week was important because it helps us build momentum and gain more confidence. We got two big wins this past week so we are feeling really good about the tournament.  I never thought about scoring 1000 career points this year until Kevin Foster got it and I saw how close I was after that game. I am more concerned about winning and the points will come.  

Trasolini admits confidence has been issue for him, but after talking to Coach Keating last week, he knew it was time. "I knew I hadn't been playing up to my full potential during WCC play, especially the game at Portland," said Trasolini.  "Last week Coach Keating really challenged me. I got going early in the LMU game and I hit my first couple shots. I kept shooting, kept shooting. My body felt great – I had lots of legs and I had a lot of energy and just really wanted to be aggressive and strong.  It was great to play well the last two games and as a team feel strong heading into the conference tournament.  We are really focusing on getting better and giving our best effort in practice this week. Everyone needs to play at their highest level every day and we feel really good about the tournament as we continue to prepare."

Also Nominated: Elias Harris, GON; Mychel Thompson, PEP; Matthew Dellavedova, SMC