March 27, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Luke Walton was named to the John R. Wooden Award All-America team in voting released Wednesday by the John R. Wooden Award Committee.
Walton, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound junior forward from San Diego, Calif., joins nine other college standouts on the Wooden All-America team. He averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and a Pac-10 Conference-leading 6.3 assists in 31 games this season. He led the Wildcats with nine double-doubles and a triple-double this season, while shooting 47.0 percent from the floor. The Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Walton scored in double figures 24 times this season and had five double-figure assist games to his credit.
The honors continued for Walton, as he was also named a third team All-America by Basketball Times on Wednesday. Today's honors mark the first such All-America accolades for Walton, who finished the year with 878 points, 505 rebounds and 440 assists in his three-year career.
Teammate Jason Gardner earned yet another postseason accolade, as he was named to the all-Southwest team by Basketball Times. He averaged 20.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. He scored in double figures in 32 of 34 games this year and passed out at least five assists 20 times in 2001-02. It is the fifth All-America or all-district honor Gardner has earned this season.
The seventh-ranked Wildcats finished the 2001-02 campaign with an overall record of 24-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinals. It was Arizona's 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest active streak in the nation.
2001-02 John R. Wooden All-American Team
Player Ht. Yr. Pos. School Lonny Baxter 6-8 Sr. F Maryland Caron Butler 6-7 So. F Connecticut Dan Dickau 6-0 Sr. G Gonzaga Juan Dixon 6-3 Sr. G Maryland Mike Dunleavy 6-9 Jr. F Duke Drew Gooden 6-10 Jr. F Kansas Jared Jeffries 6-10 So. F Indiana Steve Logan 6-1 Sr. G Cincinnati Luke Walton 6-8 Jr. F Arizona Jason Williams 6-2 Jr. G Duke