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Budinger Wooden
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/25/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?C?University of Arizona menˇ?s basketball player Chase Budinger was named to the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award preseason All-America team, it was announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Clubˇ?s Wooden Award Committee.

The Wildcat sophomore is included among a list of 50 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2008 John R. Wooden Award, which has been given to college basketballˇ?s player of the year annually since 1969. Budinger is one 10 Pac-10 players on the list, which is the most for any conference in the nation.

Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 203-pound forward from Encinitas, Calif., averaged 15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 31 appearances last season. He shot 48.5 percent (176-of-363) from the field and a led the team with 50 three-point field goals (.368 percentage). He had 26 double-figure scoring games to his credit in 2006-07 and posted five double-doubles. Budinger was the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

In January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 list, followed by the distribution of the National Ballot to more than 1,000 voters in early March. The 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the Tuesday after the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament is completed.

The 2008 ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's John R. Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-America teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-13, 2008. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the Award's ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.

The Arizona menˇ?s basketball team opens the 2007-08 season on Tue., Nov. 13, against Northern Arizona. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MST and will be televised on FSN Arizona.?

Wooden Award Preseason ?All-American Team - Top 50 Candidates

Name

Ht.

Cl.

Pos.

School

Jeff Adrien

6-7

F

Jr.

Connecticut

Ryan Anderson

6-10

F

So.

California

D.J. Augustin

6-10

G

So.

Texas

Patrick Beverley

6-1

G

So.

Arkansas

Jon Brockman

6-7

F

Jr.

Washington

Chase Budinger

6-7

F

So.

Arizona

Jaycee Carroll

6-2

G

Sr.

Utah State

Mario Chalmers

6-1

G

Jr.

Kansas

Darren Collison

6-1

G

Jr.

UCLA

Brandon Costner

6-9

F

So.

NC State

Stephen Curry

6-0

G

So.

Davidson

Eric Devendorf

6-4

G

Jr.

Syracuse

Chris Douglas-Roberts

6-6

G

Jr.

Memphis

Randal Falkner

6-7

F

Sr.

Southern Illinois

Shan Foster

6-6

G/F

Sr.

Vanderbilt

Taj Gibson

6-9

F

So.

USC

James Gist

6-8

F

Sr.

Maryland

Jamont Gordon

6-4

G/F

Jr.

Mississippi State

Kentrell Gransberry

6-9

C

Sr.

South Florida

A.J. Graves

6-1

G

Sr.

Butler

Malik Hairston

6-6

G

Jr

Oregon

Tyler Hansbrough*

6-9

F

Jr.

North Carolina

Richard Hendrix

6-8

F

Jr.

Alabama

Roy Hibbert

7-2

C

Sr.

Georgetown

Dominic James

5-11

G

Jr.

Marquette

Joseph Jones

6-9

F/C

Sr.

Texas A&M

Marcelus Kemp

6-5

G

Sr.

Nevada

Ty Lawson

5-11

G

So.

North Carolina

Courtney Lee

6-5

G/F

Sr.

Western Kentucky

Chris Lofton

6-2

G

Sr.

Tennessee

Derrick Low

6-2

G

Sr.

Washington State

Aleks Maric

6-11

C

Sr.

Nebraska

Eric Maynor

6-2

G

Jr.

VCU

Bo McCalebb

6-0

G

Sr.

New Orleans

Drew Neitzel

6-0

G

Sr.

Michigan State

DeMarcus Nelson

6-4

G

Sr.

Duke

Jeremy Pargo

6-2

G

Jr.

Gonzaga

Jeff Pendergraph

6-9

F

Jr.

Arizona State

Scottie Reynolds

6-2

G

So.

Villanova

Tyrese Rice

6-1

G

Jr.

Boston College

Brandon Rush*

6-6

G

Jr.

Kansas

Josh Shipp

6-5

F

Jr.

UCLA

Sean Singletary

6-0

G

Sr.

Virginia

Jason Thompson

6-11

F

Sr.

Rider

Johnathan Wallace

6-1

G

Sr.

Georgetown

Kyle Weaver

6-6

G

Sr.

Washington State

D.J. White

6-9

F

Sr.

Indiana

Reggie Williams

6-5

F

Sr.

VMI

Terrence Williams

6-6

F

Jr.

Louisville

Martin Zeno

6-5

G

Sr.

Texas Tech

* Indicates player was a 2006-2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American.

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