April 10, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball players Jason Gardner and Luke Walton were recognized by the Associated Press with All-America honors. Gardner was a second team selection, while Walton earned Honorable mention accolades.
Gardner, who earlier was named All-America by the John R. Wooden Award, United States Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Senior CLASS Award, is joined on the AP's second team by Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse, Troy Bell of Boston College, Kyle Korver of Creighton and Hollis Price of Oklahoma.
The highest-scoring guard in Arizona history, Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior from Indianapolis, Ind., averaged 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 32 games this season. He averaged a team-best 34.9 minutes per game, shot 39.2 percent from the field, including 33.2 percent from three-point range. Gardner scored in double figures in 24 of 32 games and passed out at least five assists in a game 17 times in 2002-03. He is the only Arizona player to register at least one double-figure point, rebound and assist game this season.
Gardner was named all-Pacific-10 Conference for the third time in his career on March 10 and was a second team USBWA and NABC All-America selection. Gardner received All-America accolades 10 times in his four-year career.
Walton, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward from San Diego, Calif., averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 28 games this season. He led all UA players with a 1.82 assist:turnover ratio, while ranking 10th in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 38.4 three-point field goal percentage. He scored in double figures 16 times in 2002-03 and posted four double-doubles. He was an all-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season. It was the fifth time that Walton has earned All-America honors.
The second-ranked Wildcats (28-4 overall, 17-1 Pac-10) won the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference regular season championship and qualified to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th consecutive season. Arizona advanced to the West Regional final.
2003 All-America Teams
Nick Collison, F, 6-9, Sr., Kansas
T.J. Ford, G, 5-10, So., Texas
Josh Howard, F, 6-6, Sr., Wake Forest
Dwayne Wade, G, 6-4, Jr., Marquette
David West, F, 6-9, Sr., Xavier
Carmelo Anthony, F, 6-8, Fr., Syracuse
Troy Bell, G, 6-1, Sr., Boston College
Jason Gardner, G, 5-10, Sr., Arizona
Kyle Korver, F, 6-7, Sr., Creighton
Hollis Price, G, 6-1, Sr., Oklahoma
Keith Bogans, G, 6-5, Sr., Kentucky
Brian Cook, F, 6-10, Sr., Illinois
Reece Gaines, G, 6-6, Sr., Louisville
Kirk Hinrich, G, 6-3, Sr., Kansas
Ron Slay, F, 6-8, Sr., Tennessee