Woods, a 7-foot-1, senior center, earned the honor after averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots last season. He earned Pacific-10 Conference Newcomer-of-the-Year and first-team all-Pac-10 honors and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades as well. Woods posted eight double-doubles, a triple-double, scored in double figures 23 times and tied an NCAA record with 14 blocked shots vs. Oregon on Feb. 3.
He received 46 of a possible 72 votes and was joined on the team by Shane Battier of Duke, Troy Murphy of Notre Dame, Joseph Forte of North Carolina and Jamaal Tinsley of Iowa State.
UA's Gilbert Arenas, Jason Gardner, Richard Jefferson and Michael Wright also received votes for the All-America team.
The top-ranked Wildcats open the 2000-01 campaign on Nov. 20 at the Maui Invitational vs. Chaminade.
Associated Press 2000-01 Preseason All-America Team
(Name, School, Position, Year, Votes, 1999-00 Averages)
Shane Battier, Duke, F, Sr., 71, 17.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Troy Murphy, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 62, 22.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
Loren Woods, Arizona, C, Sr., 46, 15.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Joseph Forte, North Carolina, G, So., 39, 16.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State, G, Sr., 39, 11.0 ppg, 6.6 apg