April 3, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of University of Arizona men's basketball players garnered postseason honors Wednesday, as Basketball News named Luke Walton a second team All-American and Salim Stoudamire a second team all-Freshman honoree.
Walton, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound junior forward from San Diego, Calif., 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. He was the only Pac-10 player to be ranked in the league's top 15 in scoring and the top 10 in rebounding, assists and steals.
The honors cap a banner season for Walton, as he also earned All-America kudos from the John R. Wooden Award, Basketball Times (3rd), The Sporting News (2nd), and collegehoopsinsider.com.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound guard from Portland, Ore., earned Basketball Times second team all-Freshman accolades after averaging 12.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 games. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Stoudamire also led the conference in free throw shooting (.904) and ranked third in three-point filed goal percentage (.453). His 73 treys ranked ninth on Arizona's single-season three-point field goals list and his .453 percentage from behind the arc qualifies as the school's second-highest career percentage. Stoudamire scored in double figures in 22 games this season, including a career-high 29 points against USC in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game on March 9. His 423 points scored is the seventh highest freshman total in Arizona history.
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, and the program's 15th straight 20-win season.
Basketball News' 2001-02 All-America Selections
First Team All-Freshman, First Team Caron Butler, Connecticut T.J. Ford, Texas Juan Dixon, Maryland Emeka Okafor, Connecticut Drew Gooden, Kansas Rick Rickert, Minnesota Steve Logan, Cincinnati Chris Thomas, Notre Dame Jason Williams, Duke Dajuan Wagner, Memphis
Second Team All-Freshman, Second Team Dan Dickau, Gonzaga Jason Conley, VMI Mike Dunleavy, Duke Aaron Miles, Kansas Ryan Humphrey, Notre Dame Ben Reed, Western Michigan Brandin Knight, Pittsburgh Lawrence Roberts, Baylor Luke Walton, Arizona Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
Third Team Carlos Boozer, Duke Sam Clancy, USC Erwin Dudley, Alabama Kirk Hinrich, Kansas Casey Jacobsen, Stanford