Gardner Picked as a Midseason Top-30 Candidate for John R. Wooden Award

Jan. 9, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona point guard Jason Gardner was named one of the midseason top-30 candidates for the 2001-02 John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America team, it was announced by the John R. Wooden Award Committee.

Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 181-pound native of Indianapolis, Ind., was among 30 players selected in a national poll of Wooden Award voters. Through 13 games, Gardner is averaging a Pacific-10 Conference-leading 22.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He is shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the line. Gardner has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season, including a career-best 34 points twice, and has averaged 37.9 minutes per game.

The top-30 candidates for the Wooden Award were selected based on individual performance and team records to date in the 2001-02 season.

The 10-player Wooden Award All-America team will be announced on Tuesday, March 26, 2002. The winner of the Wooden Award, signifying the nation's 'Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year,' will be announced on Sunday, April 7, 2002.

Gardner and the 20th-ranked Wildcats are next in action on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Washington State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and can be seen on KWBA-TV 58 in Tucson.

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