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Bayless_Wooden 3/10/2008
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Release: 03/10/2008
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Among 24 players in contention for player-of-the-year honors

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TUCSON, Ariz. ?C ? University of Arizona menˇ?s basketball player Jerryd Bayless was named to the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award Monday, as released by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Bayless was one of 24 student-athletes included on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketballˇ?s player of the year, and the 10-man Wooden Award All-America team.? A panel of 1,000 voters has until March 31 to cast votes.

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A 6-foot-3, 199-pound freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz., Bayless is averaging 20.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 27 appearances. Bayless shoots 46.9 percent (160-of-341) from the field and a team-leading 83.1 percent (172-of-207) from the free throw line. Heˇ?s finished in double figures 24 times this year, including 12 20-point and four 30-point games.? He was also a second-team all-Pac-10 selection and a first team all-freshman pick.

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The 2008 Wooden Award winner will be announced on Saturday, April 12.? It has honored college basketballˇ?s player-of-the-year annually since 1976.

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Arizona (18-13, 8-10 Pac-10) will next be in action on Wednesday, March 12, vs. Oregon State at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. The game will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. PDT and will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.

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Wooden Award Official Ballot

Top 24 Candidates

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Ryan

Anderson

6-10

So.

F

California

D.J.

Augustin

6-0

So.

G

Texas

Jerryd

Bayless

6-3

Fr.

G

Arizona

Michael

Beasley

6-10

Fr.

F

Kansas State

Darren

Collison

6-0

Jr.

G

UCLA

Stephen

Curry

6-1

So.

G

Davidson

Chris

Douglas-Roberts

6-7

Jr.

G

Memphis

Shan

Foster

6-6

Sr.

G

Vanderbilt

Eric

Gordon

6-4

Fr.

G

Indiana

Jamont

Gordon

6-4

Jr.

G

Mississippi State

Mike

Green

6-1

Sr.

G

Butler

Tyler

Hansbrough*

6-9

Jr.

F

North Carolina

Luke

Harangody

6-8

So.

F

Notre Dame

Roy

Hibbert

7-2

Sr.

C

Georgetown

Robbie

Hummel

6-8

Fr.

G

Purdue

Chris

Lofton

6-2

Sr.

G

Tennessee

Kevin

Love

6-10

Fr.

C

UCLA

O.J.

Mayo

6-5

Fr.

G

USC

DeMarcus

Nelson

6-4

Sr.

G

Duke

A.J.

Price

6-2

Jr.

G

Connecticut

Derrick

Rose

6-3

Fr.

G

Memphis

Brandon

Rush*

6-6

Jr.

G

Kansas

Tyler

Smith

6-7

So.

F

Tennessee

D.J.

White

6-9

Sr.

F

Indiana

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*Indicates player was 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American

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