Ayinde Ubaka Named Preseason Candidate for Wooden All-America Team
Oct. 25, 2006
BERKELEY - California senior guard Ayinde Ubaka, who averaged 14.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg as an All-Pac-10 performer last season, has been named one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John Wooden All-America team.
A workhorse at point guard who set a school record by playing 1,156 minutes last season, Ubaka enters his final year in Berkeley as the Golden Bears' unquestioned floor leader. As a junior, he more than doubled his career scoring average entering the season and set a personal best with 29 points vs. Oregon last January.
Ubaka also led Cal with 61 three-pointers in 2005-06 - tying for the third-highest total in school history - and is the top returning free throw shooter in the Pac-10 after sinking 83.3 percent of his attempts last season.
The Wooden preseason list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for the squad. The candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the midseason top 30 list and the national ballot.
Candidates have been selected from 15 NCAA conferences, up from 11 last year. Conferences include the ACC (8 players), the Big 12 (8), the Pac-10 (7), the Big East (7), the SEC (7), the Big 10 (4), the Mountain West (2), the Atlantic 10 (2), Conference USA (2), the Western Athletic (1), the Mid Continent (1), the Sun Belt (1), the Horizon League (1), the Colonial Athletic Association (1) and the Big Sky (1).
In January, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason top 30 followed by the national ballot in early March. On Tuesday, March 27, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American team will be announced.
For a complete list of the preseason candidates for the Wooden All-America team, visit www.woodenaward.com.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Andrew Bogut ('05), and last year's recipients, Seimone Augustus and J.J. Redick.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients, as well as sent over 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the awards name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-American selections, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the Friday prior to the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.