Turiaf Finalist For Naismith Award
Feb. 19, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. - Gonzaga University forward Ronny Turiaf is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award.
Jackie Bradford, President of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, announced the finalists Wednesday.
The Naismith Board of Selectors, which includes some of the country's leading basketball coaches, journalists, and administrators, began the selection process earlier this year. They have reduced the number of finalists by balloting to the twenty top male and female players they feel most deserving of the award.
The winners of the Naismith Awards for men and women will be honored in Atlanta on Friday, April 9, 2004.
Turiaf is averaging 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.6 blocks/game for the 22-2 Bulldogs who are ranked sixth nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls. The junior from Le Robert, Martinique, is shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free throw line.
The finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award (listed alphabetically) are as follows:
Josh Childress, Stanford Ike Diogu, Arizona State Chris Duhon, Duke Andre Emmett, Texas Tech Raymond Felton, North Carolina Matt Freije, Vanderbilt Francisco Garcia, Louisville Ryan Gomes, Providence Ben Gordon, Connecticut Devin Harris, Wisconsin Julius Hodge, NC State Luke Jackson, Oregon Jameer Nelson, Saint Joseph's Emeka Okafor, Connecticut J.J. Redick, Duke Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State Wayne Simien, Kansas Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga Hakim Warrick, Syracuse Bracey Wright, Indiana
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