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Salim Stoudamire Included on John R. Wooden Award National Ballot
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/06/2005
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Senior guard one of 23 finalist for Player-of-the-Year award

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player Salim Stoudamire was named to the national ballot for the John. R. Wooden Award, the Wooden Award Committee announced Saturday.

 

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound senior guard from Portland, Ore., is one of 23 players still in contention for the Wooden Award, presented annually to college basketball’s player of the year, and the 10-member Wooden Award All-America team.  It is the first time Stoudamire has been a finalist for this award.

 

Stoudamire is averaging a team-leading 18.2 points, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  He is shooting 51.5 percent (169-of-328) from the field, including a nation’s best 53.0 percent (96-of-181) from three-point range, and 89.5 percent (94-of-105) from the free throw line.  Stoudamire has finished in double figures 25 times in 2004-05, including 14 games with 20 or more points..

 

In order to be considered for the national ballot, all players must have been accredited by their university as meeting the Wooden Award criteria that includes making normal progress towards graduation and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It should be noted that all players considered for the national ballot, including those on the midseason list, were deemed eligible as meeting the Wooden Award academic requirements.

 

A panel of over 1,000 voters comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation will have until 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 28, to cast their votes for both the 10-member All-American Team and Wooden Award recipient as the most outstanding collegiate basketball player in the United States. The Wooden Award opts for the March 28 deadline because it allows voters to evaluate players up until the Final Four has been determined.

 

The 2005 award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and Legends of Coaching award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.  The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund for their university’s general scholarship fund.

 

No. 11 Arizona (25-5, 15-3 Pac-10), which claimed the Pac-10 regular season championship Saturday, will next be in action on Thursday, March 10, vs. California in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles.  Tip-off is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.

 

Wooden Award Ballot

 

Andrew Bogut

7’0”

So.

F/C

Utah

Dee Brown

6’0”

Jr.

G

Illinois

Taylor Coppenrath

6’9”

Sr.

F

Vermont

Ike Diogu

6’8”

Jr.

F

Arizona State

Francisco Garcia

6’7”

Jr.

F

Louisville

Ryan Gomes

6’7”

Sr.

F

Providence

Joey Graham

6’7”

Sr.

F

Oklahoma State

Luther Head

6’3”

Sr.

G

Illinois

John Lucas

5’11”

Sr.

G

Oklahoma State

Sean May

6’9”

Jr.

F/C

North Carolina

Rashad McCants

6’4”

Jr.

F/G

North Carolina

Chris Paul

6’0”

So.

G

Wake Forest

J.J. Redick

6’4”

Jr.

G

Duke

Lawrence Roberts

6’9”

Sr.

F

Mississippi State

Nate Robinson

5’9”

Jr.

G

Washington

Wayne Simien

6’9”

Sr.

F

Kansas

Craig Smith

6’7”

Jr.

F

Boston College

Salim Stoudamire

6’1”

Sr.

G

Arizona

Ronny Turiaf

6’10”

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

Hakim Warrick

6’8”

Sr.

F

Syracuse

Deron Williams

6’3”

Jr.

G

Illinois

Shelden Williams

6’9”

Jr.

F

Duke

Kennedy Winston

6’6”

Jr.

F

Alabama

 

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