March 12, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona guard Jason Gardner was selected to a pair of All-America team and head coach Lute Olson was named Coach of the Year by CNN/Sports Illustrated, as the college basketball postseason accolades continue to be awarded.
Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 181-pound junior from Indianapolis, Ind., was a third team All-America pick by the Associated Press and a second team selection by cnnsi.com. It marks the third time that Gardner has been honored this season, and the fourth time in his career, with the All-America distinction.
An all-Pac-10 selection, Gardner currently leads the Wildcats with a 20.5 points per game average and chips in with 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, while averaging 38.1 minutes per game. Through 31 games, Gardner is shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range, and last week became just the third player in school history to tally at least 100 three-point field goals in a single season. He currently ranks in the top 10 in eight Arizona career statistical categories.
Olson was named national Coach of the Year by cnnsi.com after directing Arizona to a 22-9 regular-season record, the Pac-10 Tournament championship and its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats finished the regular season ranked No. 7 by the Associated Press. All this from a squad that lost four starters and seven of its top nine players from last season's NCAA Tournament runner-up. The 2001-02 roster features six freshmen and five walk-ons, yet managed to win 20 games for the 15th consecutive season.
It marks the second consecutive year in which Olson has earned national coaching accolades, as he was named the Clair Bee Coach of the Year and earned the John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" award last season. In 29 years as a head coach, Olson has a career record of 661-234 (.739), including a 469-142 (.768) mark in 19 years at Arizona.
Olson, Gardner and the Wildcats open the 2002 NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed in the West Region. The squad takes on UC-Santa Barbara Thursday, March 14, in Albuquerque, N.M. Tip-off is approximately scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MST and can be seen on CBS-TV.
2002 Associated Press All-America Teams 2002 CNN/Sports Illustrated All-America Teams
First Team First Team Jason Williams, Duke Jason Williams, Duke Steve Logan, Cincinnati Steve Logan, Cincinnati Drew Gooden, Kansas Drew Gooden, Kansas Juan Dixon, Maryland Juan Dixon, Maryland Dan Dickau, Gonzaga Dan Dickau, Gonzaga
Second Team Second Team Mike Dunleavy, Duke Jason Gardner, Arizona Casey Jacobsen, Stanford Mike Dunleavy, Duke Sam Clancy, USC Sam Clancy, USC David West, Xavier Jared Jeffries, Indiana Jared Jeffries, Indiana Dwayne Wade, Marquette