The University of Washington showed up in the men's basketball national rankings for the fourth consecutive week Monday at No. 18 in the Associated Press poll (up two spots) and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll (up three spots).
Guard Isaiah Thomas, from Curtis High School, was named Pacific-10 Conference player of the week for the second time this season. In victories over Arizona and Arizona State, Thomas averaged 20.5 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Former Gonzaga star Matt Bouldin was released by Greek pro team Iraklis Thessaloniki after reportedly testing positive for a banned substance 4-Methyl-2-Hexanamine, listed on various websites as a stimulant, nasal decongestant and nutritional supplement. ... Gonzaga senior point guard Courtney Vandersloot, a Kentwood High graduate who recorded 36 points, 18 assists and seven steals in limited playing time in two lopsided victories last week, was named co-player of the week for the West Coast Conference. ReZina Tecle-Mariam, a Bellarmine Prep graduate who averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in two wins for University of Portland last week, shared the award .