Wooden All-American Team Announced
LOS ANGELES--The 10-player John R. Wooden All-American team was announced today (see below), with the top vote-getters invited to Los Angeles for the April 6 announcement of the 2001 John R. Wooden Award winner as the college basketball player of the year. The presentation of the Wooden Award Trophy to the Player of the Year will be made as part of a live one-hour special show, broadcast on Fox Sports Net at 4 p.m. that day.
Heading the list of players are returning Wooden All-Americans Shane Battier of Duke and Troy Murphy of Notre Dame. Two schools posted two players to the team, Duke with Jason Williams and Battier, and Stanford with Casey Jacobsen and Jarron Collins. The Conference breakdown of Wooden All-Americans is as follows: ACC-3, Big 10-2, Pac-10-2, Big East-1, SEC-1, West Coast-1. Three Wooden All-Americans are playing in the Final Four this weekend: Battier, Jason Williams and Michigan State's Charlie Bell. Nine Wooden All-Americans played in the Sweet 16 and eight played on teams that advanced to Regional Final games. Kenyon Martin of Cincinnati was the 2000 Wooden Award winner, joining such players as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and David Robinson.
Ballotting by 1,000 members of the media and college basketball experts was conducted over the past three weeks. Voters selected 10 players from the 20 athletes listed on the ballot, and ranked them from 1 to 10. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through games last Sunday, as well as a player's character and academic performance. All players on the ballot were certified by their schools as maintaining a 2.0 GPA at their current school.
The black tie Silver Anniversary 25th John R. Wooden Award Presentation Gala will be held at 6:00 p.m. on April 6 at the Biltmore Hotel following the nationally-televised announcement of the Wooden Award winner. In addition to honoring the Wooden All-America team, the third annual 'Legends of Coaching' Award will be presented to Arizona's Lute Olson, whose team plays Michigan State in the Final Four Saturday. Tickets are $150 and may be obtained by calling The Los Angeles Athletic Club at (213) 630-5255, the event always sells out. For up to date information on all of the Wooden Award candidates, please go to www.woodenaward.com.
2001 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team
|Charlie Bell||6-3||Sr.||G||Michigan St.|
|Joseph Forte||6-4||So.||G||North Carolina|
|Troy Murphy||6-11||Jr.||F||Notre Dame|
Silver Anniversary Wooden Award Notes
The Silver Anniversary Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced at 10 pm in all regions of FOX Sports News on Tuesday, March 27, 2001. The Wooden Award All-American Team information will be posted on WoodenAward.com and FOXSports.com at 10 pm Eastern and 7pm Pacific Times.
- Three players in contention are still playing: Duke - Battier and Williams, Michigan State - Bell
- Battier is the only returning Wooden Award All-American still playing.
- Three of the four coaches in the final four are Wooden Award Board of Governors members: Arizona's Lute Olson, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, the 2000 Legends of Coaching winner, and Michigan State's Tom Izzo.
- 76 schools have had Wooden Award All-Americans in the 25 years of the Award. Casey Calvary of Gonzaga is his school's first Wooden All-American.
- In the 25 years of Wooden Award All-American teams, Duke has had 19 Wooden Award All-Americans, the most of any school. North Carolina is next with 18 All-Americans. Kentucky follows with 10, then Michigan State, Georgetown and Indiana with nine. Stanford and Notre Dame each have 5 All-Americans and Illinois has its second All-American in Frank Williams, the first since Ken Norman was honored in 1987.
- The ACC leads the conference race for Wooden Award winners with 8, followed by Pac-10/Pac-8 with three.
- North Carolina has had three winners (Phil Ford, Michael Jordan and Antawn Jamison. Duke has had two winners (Christian Laettner and Elton Brand), as have UCLA (Marques Johnson, Ed O'Bannon), St. John's and Virginia (Walter Berry, Chris Mullin) and Virginia (Ralph Sampson, twice). Sampson is the only two-time winner.
- Of the 24 Wooden Award winners, four have won the NCAA Championship the same year they won the Wooden Award (last was Ed O'Bannon/UCLA in 1995, Christian Laettner/Duke 1992, Danny Manning/Kansas 1988, Darrell Griffith/Louisville 1980). Battier, Bell and Jason Williams all have the chance to join this group.
- Seven Wooden Award winners were named to the NCAA All-Final Four team in the year they won The Wooden Award (Elton Brand/Duke, Marcus Camby/UMass, Ed O'Bannon/UCLA, Christian Laettner/Duke, Danny Manning/Kansas, Darrell Griffith/Louisville, Larry Bird/Indiana State)
- Two Wooden Award winners were NCAA Championship Runners-up the year they won the Wooden Award (Elton Brand/Duke, Larry Bird/Indiana State).
- Ten Wooden Award winners made appearances in the Final Four the year they won the Award (Elton Brand/Duke, Antawn Jamison/North Carolina, Ed O'Bannon/UCLA, Christian Laettner/Duke, Larry Johnson/UNLV, Danny Manning/Kansas, Chris Mullin/St. John's, Darrell Griffith/Louisville, Larry Bird/Indiana State, Marques Johnson/UCLA).
- Nine Wooden Award winners went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, including the last three winners, 1997- Tim Duncan, 1998-Antawn Jamison and 1999- Elton Brand.
- WOODEN AWARD VOTERS TAKE THE PRESEASON, CONFERENCE SEASON AND POST SEASON PLAY INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN VOTING FOR THE WOODEN AWARD. ALL PLAYERS NAMED TO THE WOODEN AWARD ALL-AMERICAN TEAM ARE CERTIFIED TO HAVE A MINIMUM CUMULATIVE 2.0 GRADE AVERAGE AT THE CURRENT INSTITUTION INCLUDING THE MOST RECENT SEMESTER.
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