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  Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wooden Award Announces 50 Preseason Candidates
By Jonathan Givony

LOS href=/profile//> ANGELES href=/profile//> (August href=/profile//> 8, href=/profile//> 2005) href=/profile//> – href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> tallying href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ballots href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Preseason href=/profile//> Selection href=/profile//> Committee, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> announced href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 50 href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Men’s href=/profile//> 2005-06 href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> (see href=/profile//> attached). href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> composed href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 50 href=/profile//> student href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> who, href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year’s href=/profile//> individual href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> records, href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> frontrunners href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball’s href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> coveted href=/profile//> trophy. href=/profile//> These href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 50 href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> comprised href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> transfers, href=/profile//> freshmen href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> excel href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> evaluated href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Ballot. href=/profile//>

“With href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> jumping href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> standout href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> committee href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> nominating href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wide href=/profile//> selection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> players,” href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> Llewellyn, href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> chairman. href=/profile//> “These href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> selections href=/profile//> represent href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> elite href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> excited href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> case href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball’s href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year.” href=/profile//>

Duke’s href=/profile//> J.J. href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Illinois’ href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sole href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> honored href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> members href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team. href=/profile//> Additionally, href=/profile//> Sheldon href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Duke) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> (Boston href=/profile//> College) href=/profile//> join href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> named href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year’s href=/profile//> official href=/profile//> voting href=/profile//> ballot. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year’s href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> Justin href=/profile//> Gray href=/profile//> (Wake href=/profile//> Forest), href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Hernandez href=/profile//> (Stanford), href=/profile//> Carl href=/profile//> Krauser href=/profile//> (Pittsburgh) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Gerry href=/profile//> McNamara href=/profile//> (Syracuse); href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> forwards href=/profile//> Leon href=/profile//> Powe href=/profile//> (California), href=/profile//> P.J. href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> (Texas) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Curtis href=/profile//> Withers href=/profile//> (Charlotte). href=/profile//>

Eleven href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> conferences href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> represented, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> (nine href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> ACC href=/profile//> (eight href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Pac href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> (seven href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> (six href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> (six href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Atlantic href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> (four href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> SEC href=/profile//> (four href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> (two href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> Western href=/profile//> Athletic href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> (two href=/profile//> players), href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Coast href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> (one href=/profile//> player), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Missouri href=/profile//> Valley href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> (one href=/profile//> player). href=/profile//>

With href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 90 href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> receiving href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> vote, href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> stood href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> overwhelming href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> nominees. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> nominated, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College, href=/profile//> Connecticut, href=/profile//> Duke, href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State, href=/profile//> Stanford, href=/profile//> Texas, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest. href=/profile//> Three href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year’s href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> feature href=/profile//> representatives href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005-06 href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> list, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State’s href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Maurice href=/profile//> Ager, href=/profile//> Louisville’s href=/profile//> Taquan href=/profile//> Dean, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Illinois’ href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown.

In href=/profile//> mid-January, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> committee href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> release href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> midseason href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> CBS href=/profile//> Sports, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Tuesday, href=/profile//> March href=/profile//> 28, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 10-player href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> announced. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> ceremony, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> presentation href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Men’s href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Women’s href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Teams href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Legends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Coaching href=/profile//> Award, href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Los href=/profile//> Angeles href=/profile//> Athletic href=/profile//> Club href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> April href=/profile//> 8, href=/profile//> 2006, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> broadcast href=/profile//> live href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> CBS href=/profile//> telecast.

2005-2006 href=/profile//> TOP href=/profile//> 50 href=/profile//> PRESEASON href=/profile//> Candidates href=/profile//>

Hassan href=/profile//> Adams href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Arizona href=/profile//>

Maurice href=/profile//> Ager href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State href=/profile//>

Josh href=/profile//> Boone href=/profile//> 6'10" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward/Center href=/profile//> Connecticut href=/profile//>

Brandon href=/profile//> Bowman href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Georgetown href=/profile//>

Ronnie href=/profile//> Brewer href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Arkansas href=/profile//>

Aaron href=/profile//> Brooks href=/profile//> 6'0" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Oregon href=/profile//>

Dee href=/profile//> Brown* href=/profile//> 5'11" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//>

Nick href=/profile//> Caner-Medley href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Maryland href=/profile//>

Rodney href=/profile//> Carney href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//>

Mardy href=/profile//> Collins href=/profile//> 6'6" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Temple href=/profile//>

JamesOn href=/profile//> Curry href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//> State href=/profile//>

Chuck href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Alabama href=/profile//>

Glen href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> LSU href=/profile//>

Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> 6'11' href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State href=/profile//>

Taquan href=/profile//> Dean href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Louisville href=/profile//>

Guillermo href=/profile//> Diaz href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Miami href=/profile//>

Jared href=/profile//> Dudley href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College href=/profile//>

Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> UCLA href=/profile//>

Nick href=/profile//> Fazekas href=/profile//> 6'11" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Nevada href=/profile//>

Daniel href=/profile//> Gibson href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//>

Rudy href=/profile//> Gay href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Connecticut href=/profile//>

Justin href=/profile//> Gray href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest href=/profile//>

Taj href=/profile//> Gray href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//>

Vincent href=/profile//> Grier href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Minnesota href=/profile//>

Dan href=/profile//> Grunfeld href=/profile//> 6'6" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Stanford href=/profile//>

Chris href=/profile//> Hernandez href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Stanford href=/profile//>

Jeff href=/profile//> Horner href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Iowa href=/profile//>

Jarrius href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> 6'1" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//>

Ben href=/profile//> Jacobson href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Northern href=/profile//> Iowa href=/profile//>

Carl href=/profile//> Krauser href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Pittsburgh href=/profile//>

Nana href=/profile//> Mensah-Bonsu href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> George href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//>

Paul href=/profile//> Millsap href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Louisiana href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//>

Gerry href=/profile//> McNamara href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Syracuse href=/profile//>

Adam href=/profile//> Morrison href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Gonzaga href=/profile//>

Steve href=/profile//> Novak href=/profile//> 6'10" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Marquette href=/profile//>

Kevin href=/profile//> Pittsnogle href=/profile//> 6'11" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//>

Leon href=/profile//> Powe href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> California href=/profile//>

J.J. href=/profile//> Redick* href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//>

Rajon href=/profile//> Rondo href=/profile//> 6'1" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Kentucky href=/profile//>

Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> 6'6" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//>

Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College href=/profile//>

Steven href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> LaSalle href=/profile//>

Curtis href=/profile//> Stinson href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Iowa href=/profile//> State href=/profile//>

Curtis href=/profile//> Sumpter href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//>

Alando href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//>

P.J. href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//>

Darius href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//>

Eric href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest href=/profile//>

Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//>

Curtis href=/profile//> Withers href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Charlotte href=/profile//>

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