Violette Member Of Wooden Pre-Season Top 50
Aug. 2, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Gonzaga University junior forward Cory Violette has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season All-America Top 50, the fourth straight Bulldog so honored for one of college basketball's most prestigious honors.
Dan Dickau became the Bulldogs' inaugural member of the John R. Wooden Top Five All-America team last season, Casey Calvary was selected to the 10-member Wooden All-America team in 2001 and Matt Santangelo was a finalist for the award in 2000.
Violette averaged 12.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg last season in helping Gonzaga to a 29-4 overall record, a No. 6 ranking in the final Associated Press Top 25 and to a fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth. He grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against Fresno State University in the Fab Four Classic at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., one of the top individual efforts in the country during the 2002 season. He scored in double-digits 23 times, including a career-high 25 points at the University of San Diego. He also recorded 11 double-doubles, including 14 points and 10 rebounds against the University of Wyoming in the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-8, 250 pounder from Boise, Idaho, recently returned from a five-game tour of Istanbul and Italy with NYC Hoops. Violette scored 11 points and grabbed 16 points in an 87-63 win over the Turkish Junior National Team, scored 17 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in a 103-95 loss to Germany and had 10 points and 12 rebounds in an 81-70 victory over Slovenia. NYC Hoops finished 3-2 on the tour.
The Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 is composed only of returning players. Transfers and freshmen are not eligible, though they are evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30.
The University of Arizona's Luke Walton is the only member of the 2002 Wooden Award All-America Team on this year's pre-season list. Though he wasn't named on last year's pre-season team, Walton enjoyed a breakthrough year for the Wildcats, averaging 15.7 points and leading the Pacific-10 Conference in assists with 6.3 per contest.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and last year's recipient, Jason Williams of Duke University.
The 2003 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Sunday, April 13 and will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net for the sixth straight year.
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