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Aug. 18, 2000

John R. Wooden Award begins its Silver Anniversary celebration with the Announcement of the Top 50 Preseason Candidates for the 2000-2001 All-American Team

Founded in 1976, The John R. Wooden Award is the nation’s preeminent trophy given annually to the most outstanding collegiate basketball player in the United States. The Wooden Award program also recognizes the 10-man All-American Team. The first recipient of the Award was Marques Johnson of UCLA and the most recent winner was Kenyon Martin of the University of Cincinnati. With today’s announcement of the Top 50 Players, the Wooden Award is re-launching the website, www.WoodenAward.com to commemorate the Silver Anniversary year. All activities of the Wooden Award , on the web, in print and on FOX Sports Net will center on the Silver Anniversary, which includes a new sterling silver edition of the trophy, designed by trophy-master John Billings of Ridgeway, CO.

Each summer, the John R. Wooden Award office samples a committee of its voters from across the nation as to which players should be highlighted in the preseason as potential finalists (Wooden Award All-Americans) for the John R. Wooden Award. The committee selects 50 players and lists them alphabetically. Players who were Wooden Award All-Americans in the previous season are denoted as are those players who were in the Top 25 of the preseason list of 50. To be named to the Wooden Award All-American Team or to be the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy, a player must be making progress toward graduation and carry a cumulative grade average of a least 2.0. Voters are asked to consider a player’s contribution to his team and his character when voting for the All-American Team or Player of the Year honors. The 25th Anniversary John R. Wooden Award will be presented on Friday April 6, 2001 on FOX Sports Net from The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Player biographies, vignette updates, press announcements and historical information on the Wooden Award are stored for reference on WoodenAward.com, part of the Rivals.com network.

Wooden Award Preseason
All-American Team – Top 50 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

A poll was conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Committee to determine the Preseason Top 50 candidates for the 2000-2001 Wooden Award All-American Team.

On March 27, 2001, the ten-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Friday April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation’s “Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year.” The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. The top 50 Candidates have been selected based on last year’s individual performance and team records. The Top 25 selections are denoted with an asterisk (*). Each year, players who were considered for the Top 25 have been selected to the All-American Team. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net. For more information on candidates and the Wooden Award program, visit our website at www.WoodenAward.com.

Gilbert Arenas 6’3″ So. G Arizona Brandon Armstrong 6’5″ Jr. G Pepperdine Luke Axtell 6’9″ Sr. F Kansas Shane Battier!* 6’8″ Sr. F Duke Lonny Baxter* 6’8″ Jr. F Maryland Charlie Bell* 6’3″ Sr. G Michigan St. Keith Bogans 6’5″ So. G Kentucky Carlos Boozer* 6’9″ So. F Duke Cory Bradford* 6’3″ Jr. G Illinois SirValiant Brown 6’1″ So. G George Washington Rasuel Butler 6’7″ Jr. F La Salle Casey Calvary 6’8″ Sr. F Gonzaga Jason Capel 6’7″ Jr. F North Carolina Eric Chenowith* 7’1″ Sr. C Kansas Jarron Collins* 6’10” Sr. F Stanford Samuel Dalembert 6’11” So. C Seton Hall Juan Dixon* 6’3″ Jr. G Maryland Mike Dunleavy Jr. 6’8″ So. F Duke Joe Forte 6’3″ So. G North Carolina Jason Gardner* 5’11” So. G Arizona Kenny Gregory 6’5″ Sr. F Kansas Tony Harris* 6′ Sr. G Tennessee Udonis Haslem* 6’7″ Jr. C Florida Brendan Haywood* 7′ Sr. C North Carolina Andre Hutson 6’8″ Sr. F Michigan State Casey Jacobsen* 6’6″ So. F Stanford Richard Jefferson 6’7″ Jr. F Arizona Ken Johnson* 6’11” Sr. C Ohio State Britton Johnson 6’9″ Jr. G Utah Joe Johnson 6’6″ So. F Arkansas Kaspars Kambala* 6’9″ Sr. F UNLV Jason Kapono* 6’7″ So. F UCLA Mike Kelley* 6’3″ Sr. G Wisconsin Terence Morris* 6’9″ Sr. F Maryland Albert Mourning 6’3″ Sr. F Connecticut Troy Murphy!* 6’9″ Jr. G Notre Dame Robert O’Kelly 6’1″ Sr. G Wake Forest Dean Oliver 5’11” Sr. G Iowa Tayshaun Prince* 6’8 Jr. F Kentucky Kenny Satterfield 6’2″ So. G Cincinnati Brian Scalabrine* 6’9″ Sr. F USC Darius Songaila 6’9″ Jr. F Wake Forest Deaundra Tanner 6’2″ Sr. G Oregon St. Jamaal Tinsley 6’3″ Sr. G Iowa St. Elton Tyler 6’9″ Sr. F Miami B.B. Waldon 6’8″ Jr. F S. Florida Jason Williams* 6’2″ So. G Duke Loren Woods* 7’1″ Sr. C Arizona Michael Wright* 6’8″ Jr. F Arizona Vincent Yarbrough* 6’7″ Jr. F Tennessee

! = Indicates player was a 1999-2000 John R. Wooden Award All-American.
*= Indicates player was a Top 25 vote-getter