Stepp Named NABC All-American

March 12, 2004

OVERLAND PARK, Kans. - Gonzaga University senior point guard Blake Stepp has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America second team.

It's the latest in a series of honors for the Eugene, Ore., native who already this season has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season, was a second-team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and was named the District 9 Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Stepp and teammate Ronny Turiaf were named to the NABC District 14 first-team, while teammate Cory Violette was a second-team District 14 selection.

The NABC All-America first team is comprised of Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's University, Emeka Okafor of the University of Connecticut, Josh Childress of Stanford University, Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State University and Andre Emmett of Texas Tech University.

Joining Stepp on the second team were Ryan Gomes of Providence University, Devin Harris of the University of Wisconsin, Julius Hodge of North Carolina State University and Chris Duhon of Duke University.

Stepp was a first-team District 14 pick a year ago while Turiaf and Violette were both second-team District 14 honorees.


All-America Teams

First Team
Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's
Emeka Okafor, Connecticut
Josh Childress, Stanford
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Andre Emmett, Texas Tech

Second Team Blake Stepp, Gonzaga Ryan Gomes, Providence Devin Harris, Wisconsin Julius Hodge, North Carolina State Chris Duhon, Duke

Third Team J.J. Redick, Duke Hakim Warrick, Syracuse Luke Jackson, Oregon Matt Freije, Vanderbilt Delonte West, St. Joseph's

All-District 14

First Team Blake Stepp, Gonzaga Luke Jackson, Oregon Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga Josh Childress, Stanford Chris Hernande, Stanford

Second Team Justin Davis, Stanford Matt Lottich, Stanford Leon Powe, California Cory Violette, Gonzaga



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