Gibson Named To Midseason 30 For Wooden Award

Feb. 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES - USC junior forward Taj Gibson has been selected as one of the 30 midseason candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team, according to the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. The midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season and these 30 players are the leading candidates to compete for this season's player of the year award.

Gibson has averaged 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds through USC's first 22 games. He suffered a right pinky injury in USC's game at UCLA on Wednesday (X-rays were negative) and was held to two points, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive games reaching double figures. He has scored at least 10 points in 20 of USC's 22 games this season and has 11 double-doubles.

Gibson has a conference-leading 63 blocks this season and his average of 2.9 per game ranks seventh among all NCAA players. He also ranks 18th among all players in rebounds per game. Gibson now has 216 career blocks, third all-time among Pac-10 players. He ranks 24th all-time among USC players in career points with 1,121.

The 2009 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-12.

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