Ike Diogu Named Preseason First-Team All-American By Dick Vitale

July 18, 2003

Arizona State sophomore Ike Diogu, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the only freshman to earn All-Pac-10 last season, has been named a preseason first-team All-American by Dick Vitale for the 2003-2004 season, ESPN.com announced Friday.

Vitale announced five five-man teams and placed Diogu as his first-team power forward.

Other Pac-10 players included second-team small forward Luke Jackson of Oregon, third-team center Channing Frye of Arizona and fifth-team small forward Josh Childress of Stanford.

Diogu, whose 19.9 points per game mark last year is the third-best by a freshman in Pac-10 history, was an honorable mention All-American last year by The Associated Press. Diogu and Carmelo Anthony, a second-team selection, were the only freshmen to receive votes by the 72 media members.

Diogu was joined on Vitale's first team by point guard Chris Thomas of Notre Dame, shooting guard Rickey Paulding of Missouri, small forward Julius Hodge of North Carolina State and center Emeka Okafor of UCONN.

Diogu was one of just six sophomores named to Vitale's 'Rolls Royce' teams, joining third-team point guard Raymond Felton of North Carolina, fourth-team guard Bracey Wright of Indiana and J.J. Redick of Duke and center Sean May of North Carolina and fifth-team guard Rashad McCants of North Carolina.

The Garland, Texas, native was the only Pac-10 player who ranked in the league's top five in scoring and rebounding as he finished third in scoring (19.0 ppg.) and fifth in rebounding (7.8 rpg.).

Diogu averaged 19.9 points and 9.6 rebounds in the final 14 games and had 12 20-point games. Diogu, Cal senior Joe Shipp and Oregon junior and NBA first-round draft pick Luke Ridnour were the only Pac-10 players who posted double digits in every game.

Diogu, Anthony and Daniel Horton of Michigan were the only freshmen named to both Basketball Times and The Sporting News five-man Freshman All-America teams.

The Garland, Texas, native set ASU freshman records for starts (32), points (607), field goals made (209), rebounds (249) and minutes (1,030). He set school records for free throws made (180) and attempted (245) and his 18 rebounds vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament set the ASU freshman single-game mark and is a Pac-10 Tournament record.

ASU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 20-12 overall and fourth in the Pac-10 at 11-7.

Dick Vitale Rolls Royce Preseason All-American Team

First-TeamPG-Chris Thomas, Notre Dame, Jr.SG-Rickey Paulding, Missouri, Sr.SF-Julius Hodge, North Carolina State, Jr.PF-Ike Diogu, Arizona State, So.C-Emeka Okafor, UCONN, Jr.

Second-TeamPG-Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's, Sr.SG-Romain Sato, Xavier, Sr.SF-Luke Jackson, Oregon, Sr.PF-Darius Rice, Miami, Sr.C-Arthur Johnson, Missouri, Sr.

Third-TeamPG-Raymond Felton, UNC, So.SG-Ben Gordon, UCONN, Jr.SF-Hakim Warrick, Syracuse, Jr.PF-James Thomas, Texas, Sr.C-Channing Frye, Arizona, Jr.

Fourth-TeamPG-Bracey Wright, Indiana, So.SG-J.J. Redick, Duke, So.SF-Matt Freije, Vanderbilt, Sr.PF-Wayne Simien, Kansas, Jr.C-Sean May, North Carolina, So.

Fifth-TeamPG-Chris Duhon, Duke, Sr.SG-Rashad McCants, UNC, So.SF-Josh Childress, Stanford, Jr.PF-Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati, Jr.C-David Harrison, Colorado, Jr.

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