Josh Childress Named to John R. Wooden Pre-Season All-America Team

Aug. 6, 2003

Los Angeles, Ca - Josh Childress, who is Stanford's top returning scorer from last year's 24-9 NCAA Tournament basketball team, has been named to the John Wooden Award Pre-Season 50-man All-American Team.

Childress, who is currently playing with the United States team at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.1 ppg, #2 on the Cardinal, #14 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.1 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) last year. Childress also led the team in blocks with 46.

The 50-man pre-season All-American Team was based on last year's individual performance and team records. Only returning players are eligible for the Pre-Season Team, although transfers and freshmen as well as other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason Top 30 list and the National Ballot.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979), Tim Duncan (1997) and last year's recipient, T.J. Ford (2003).

Ten NCAA conferences are represented, including the Pac-10 with seven players.

The 2004 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 10, 2004, and will be broadcast live on a CBS telecast.

The top five finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to their university's general scholarship fund.

The 2003-04 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team - Top 50 Candidates

Josh Childress, 6-8, Junior, Forward, Stanford

Andre Barrett, 5-10, Senior, Guard, Seton Hall

Kevin Bookout, 6-8, Sophomore, Forward, Oklahoma

Dee Brown, 5-11, Sophomore, Guard, Illinois

Paul Davis, 6-11, Sophomore, Center, Michigan State

Travis Diener, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Marquette

Ike Diogu, 6-8, Sophomore, Forward, Arizona State

Chris Duhon, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Duke

Andre Emmett, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Texas Tech

Raymond Felton, 6-0, Sophomore, Guard, North Carolina

Gerald Fitch, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Kentucky

Luis Flores, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Manhattan

Torin Francis, 6-10, Sophomore, Forward/Center, Notre Dame

Matt Freije, 6-9, Senior, Forward, Vanderbilt

Channing Frye, 6-10, Junior, Forward, Arizona

Francisco Garcia, 6-10, Junior, Forward, Louisville

Ryan Gomes, 6-8, Junior, Forward, Providence

Ben Gordon, 6-2, Junior, Guard, Connecticut

David Harrison, 7-0, Junior, Center, Colorado

Chris Hill, 6-3, Junior, Guard, Michigan State

Julius Hodge, 6-6, Junior, Guard, North Carolina State

Daniel Horton, 6-3, Sophomore, Guard, Michigan

Luke Jackson, 6-7, Senior, Forward, Oregon

Arthur Johnson, 6-9, Senior, Center, Missouri

Keith Langford, 6-4, Junior, Forward, Kansas

David Lee, 6-8, Junior, Forward, Florida

Jason Maxiell, 6-7, Senior, Forward, Cincinnati

Rashad McCants, 6-3, Sophomore, Forward, UNC

Gerry McNamara, 6-2, Sophomore, Guard, Syracuse

Marcus Moore, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Washington State

Brandon Mouton, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Texas

Jameer Nelson, 6-1, Senior, Guard, St. Joseph's

Emeka Okafor, 6-9, Junior, F/Guard, Connecticut

Julius Page, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Pittsburgh

Rickey Paulding, 6-5, Senior, Guard, Missouri

J.J. Redick, 6-4, Sophomore, Guard, Duke

Darius Rice, 6-10, Senior, Forward, Miami

Lawrence Roberts, 6-9, Junior, Forward, Baylor

Romain Sato, 6-5, Senior, Guard, Xavier

Wayne Simien, 6-8, Junior, Forward, Kansas

Craig Smith, 6-7, Sophomore, Forward, Boston College

Blake Stepp, 6-4, Senior, Guard, Gonzaga

Salim Stoudamire, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Arizona

Amit Tamir, 6-10, Junior, Forward/Center, California

Chris Thomas, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Notre Dame

James Thomas, 6-8, Senior, Center, Texas

Cory Violette, 6-8, Senior, Forward/Center, Gonzaga

Matt Walsh, 6-6, Sophomore, Forward, Florida

Hakim Warrick, 6-9, Junior, Forward, Syracuse

Bracey Wright, 6-3, Sophomore, Guard, Indiana

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