Stepp Gets Basketball Times Honor

March 26, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Gonzaga University junior guard Blake Stepp has been named to the West Coast All-Region team as selected by the editors of Basketball Times that will appear in the April issue.

The publication named David West of Xavier University as its national Player of the Year and Tubby Smith of the University of Kentucky as its national Coach of the Year. West and Tubbs will be featured on the front and back covers, respectively, of Basketball Times' April issue.

Stepp led the Bulldogs to the West Coast Conference regular-season title and to the championship game of the WCC Tournament. The Bulldogs, an at-large pick into the NCAA Tournament, downed the University of Cincinnati in the first round and then lost a 96-95 double-overtime decision to top-seeded University of Arizona in the second round in one of the most memorable and talked about games in the history of the tournament. Stepp, the WCC Player of the Year, had 25 points against the Wildcats.

Joining Stepp on the West squad were Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour, University of Oregon; Jason Keep, University of San Diego, and Joe Shipp, University of California. Mike Montgomery of Stanford University was named the top coach in the region.

West returned for his senior season at Xavier after making a surprise announcement at the team banquet last spring that he would not enter the NBA draft. West made the most of his return, averaging 20.3 points and 12.1 rebounds this season while being named the Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year for a third consecutive season.

Smith directed the Wildcats' stifling defense and selfless offense to a national-best 23-game winning streak going into the NCAA Tournament, quite a turnaround from a season in which Kentucky had been labeled "Team Turmoil."

Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse also was named Basketball Times' Freshman of the Year. He averaged 22.7 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Orangemen.

Basketball Times also named three All-America teams, seven All-Region teams and two All-Freshman teams.

Basketball Times All-America Teams
First Team

David West, 6-9, Sr., Xavier (20.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg)
Nick Collison, 6-9, Sr., Kansas (18.6, 9.4)
Dwyane Wade, 6-4, Jr., Marquette (21.5, 6.3)
Troy Bell, 6-1, Sr., Boston College (25.4)
T.J. Ford, 5-10, Soph., Texas (14.8, 7.2 apg)

Second Team

Mike Sweetney, 6-8, Jr., Georgetown (22.4, 10.4)
Carmelo Anthony, 6-8, Fr., Syracuse (22.7, 10.0)
Josh Howard, 6-6, Sr., Wake Forest (20.1, 8.0)
Ruben Douglas, 6-5, Sr., New Mexico (28.3)
Hollis Price, 6-1, Sr., Oklahoma (19.4)

Third Team

Brian Cook, 6-10, Sr., Illinois (20.1, 7.1)
Emeka Okafor, 6-9, Soph., UConn (15.8, 11.1)
Kyle Korver, 6-7, Sr., Creighton (17.7, 6.3)
Reece Gaines, 6-6, Sr., Louisville (17.7, 5.0 apg)
Keith Bogans, 6-5, Sr., Kentucky (15.9)

Northeast

Ryan Gomes, 6-7, Soph., Providence (18.6, 9.7)
Ben Gordon, 6-2, Soph., UConn (19.8, 5.1 apg)
Marques Green, 5-7, Jr., St. Bonaventure (21.3, 8.0 apg)
Marcus Hatten, 6-1, Sr., St. John's (22.5)
Craig Smith, 6-7, Fr., Boston College (19.8, 7.9)
Coach - Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Mid-Atlantic

Steve Blake, 6-3, Sr., Maryland (11.9, 7.1 apg)
Brett Blizzard, 6-4, Sr., North Carolina-Wilmington (21.3)
Julius Hodge, 6-6, Sr., North Carolina State (17.6, 5.9)
Dahntay Jones, 6-6, Sr., Duke (17.2)
Jameer Nelson, 6-0, Jr., Saint Joseph's (19.3)
Coach - Skip Prosser, Wake Forest

South

Mario Austin, 6-9, Jr., Mississippi State (15.6, 7.9)
Matt Bonner, 6-10, Sr., Florida (15.8)
Chris Bosh, 6-10, Fr., Georgia Tech (15.4, 8.9)
Jarvis Hayes, 6-7, Jr., Georgia (18.3)
Ron Slay, 6-8, Sr., Tennessee (21.6, 7.7)
Coach - Don Maestri, Troy State

Midlands

Henry Domercant, 6-4, Sr., Eastern Illinois (27.9)
Andre Emmett, 6-5, Jr., Texas Tech (21.9)
Kirk Hinrich, 6-3, Sr., Kansas (17.9)
Chris Massie, 6-9, Sr., Memphis (16.5, 10.7)
James Thomas, 6-8, Jr., Texas (11.6, 11.3)
Coach - Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State

Midwest

Matt Carroll, 6-6, Sr., Notre Dame (20.6)
Brandon Hunter, 6-7, Sr., Ohio (21.5, 12.6)
Chris Kaman, 7-0, Jr., Central Michigan (22.6, 12.3)
Kirk Penney, 6-5, Sr., Wisconsin (16.4)
Chris Thomas, 6-1, Soph., Notre Dame (18.5, 7.2 apg)
Coach - Oliver Purnell, Dayton

Rockies

Marcus Banks, 6-2, Sr., UNLV (20.5, 5.5 apg)
Ike Diogu, 6-8, Fr., Arizona State (18.8, 7.6)
Jason Gardner, 5-10, Sr., Arizona (14.7, 5.0 apg)
James Moore, 6-7, Jr., New Mexico State (18.8, 6.5)
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi, 6-10, Sr., Wyoming (13.8, 9.7)
Coach - Rick Majerus, Utah

West Coast

Luke Jackson, 6-7, Jr., Oregon (16.1)
Jason Keep, 6-10, Sr., San Diego (18.2, 9.1)
Luke Ridnour, 6-2, Jr., Oregon (20.0, 6.5 apg)
Joe Shipp, 6-5, Sr., California (20.7)
Blake Stepp, 6-5, Jr., Gonzaga (17.9, 5.9 apg)
Coach - Mike Montgomery, Stanford

All-Freshman (First Team)

Carmelo Anthony, 6-8, Syracuse (22.7, 10.0)
Chris Bosh, 6-10, Georgia Tech (15.8, 8.9)
Ike Diogu, 6-8, Arizona State (18.8, 7.6)
Daniel Horton, 6-3, Michigan (15.7, 4.5)
Craig Smith, 6-7, Boston College (19.8, 7.9)
Rookie Coach - Jim Christian, Kent State

All-Freshman (Second Team)

Dee Brown, 5-11, Illinois (12.4, 4.7 apg)
Keydren Clark, 5-8, St. Peter's (24.9)
Raymond Felton, 6-1, North Carolina (12.5, 6.2 apg)
J.J. Redick, 6-4, Duke (14.7)
Bracey Wright, 6-3, Indiana (17.1)

 

 

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