Stepp, Turiaf Earn USBWA Honors
March 8, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Gonzaga University senior Blake Stepp and junior Ronny Turiaf have been named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District 9 first team with Stepp also earning Player of the Year honors for the district.
Stepp was recognized by the writers for the second straight season and became the second Bulldog in three years to earn District 9 Player of the Year, Dan Dickau garnering the honor in 2002.
Turiaf was named to the squad for the first time, and it comes a day after his rebound basket with five seconds to play lifted the Bulldogs to a 63-62 win over Santa Clara University in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. Gonzaga meets Saint Mary's College tonight with a fifth WCC Tournament title in the last six years on the line for Gonzaga.
Stepp and Turiaf were both honored earlier this week with WCC first-team honors, Stepp earning a second straight WCC Player of the Year accolade.
Mike Montgomery of Stanford University was named the Coach of the Year.
USBWA ALL-DISTRICT 9 TEAM Channing Frye, Arizona Andre Iguodala, Arizona Josh Childress, Stanford Ike Diogu, Arizona State Chris Hernandez, Stanford Luke Jackson, Oregon Michael Kuebler, Hawaii Brandon Roy, Washington Aerick Sanders, San Diego State Blake Stepp, Gonzaga Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga
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