Dickau Among Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 Candidates

Aug. 3, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Gonzaga University is represented on The John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 for the third straight season with the selection of Dan Dickau among this year's candidates for one of basketball's most prestigious awards.

The top 50 candidates announced Friday have been selected by The John R. Wooden Award Committe based on last year's individual performance and team records. The student-athletes selected are all returning players. Transfers and first-time players are not included. Four 2000-01 Wooden Award All-Americans head the pre-season list (Jason Williams of Duke, Casey Jacobsen of Stanford, Tayshaun Prince of Kentucky and Frank Williams of Illinois). Defending NCAA national champion Duke University placed the most candidates on the 2001-2002 Wooden Award Pre-season Candidates List with four (Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and Jason Williams).

Dickau is the third straight Bulldog named to the Pre-Season Top 50. Casey Calvary was a candidate last season and was Gonzaga's inaugural member of the John R. Wooden 10-member All-America team, and Matt Santangelo was a Top 50 candidate in 2000.

Dickau returns for his senior season after helping Gonzaga to a third straight NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance last year. Although missing the final nine non-conference games with a broken finger, he averaged 18.9 ppg, 6.3 assists/game and 3.3 rpg. He earned All-West Coast Conference first team honors, WCC Tournament MVP accolades, District 14 second-team honors and was also a WCC and Verizon/College Sports Information Directors of America District VIII first-team all-academic selection. He will leave for Denver, Colo., Aug. 10 as one of 16 finalists competing for 12 spots for the USA Basketball World University Games team that will compete in Beijing, China, later this month.

On Tuesday March 26, 2002, the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Sunday April 7, 2002 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-season Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net.

For more information on candidates and the Wooden Award program, visit the website at www.WoodenAward.com.

John R. Wooden Award
Pre-season All-America Team
Top 50 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically. Transfers and first-time players were not eligible)

Maurice Baker 6'1" Sr. G Oklahoma State
Lonny Baxter 6'8" Sr. F Maryland
Troy Bell 6'1" Jr. G Boston College
LaVell Blanchard 6'7" Jr. F Michigan
David Bluthenthal 6'7" Sr. F Southern California
Keith Bogans 6'5" Jr. G Kentucky
Carlos Boozer 6'9" Jr. C Duke
Kevini Braswell 6'2" Sr. G Georgetown
Caron Butler 6'7" So. F Connecticut
Jason Capel 6'7" Sr. F North Carolina
Sam Clancy 6'7" Sr. F Southern California
Nick Collison 6'9" Jr. F Kansas
Brian Cook 6'10" Jr. F Illinois
Dan Dickau 6'0" Sr. G Gonzaga
Juan Dixon 6'3" Sr. G Maryland
Chris Duhon 6'1'" So. G Duke
Mike Dunleavy Jr. 6'8" Jr. F Duke
Melvin Ely 6'10" Sr. F Fresno State
Reggie Evans 6'8" Sr. F Iowa
Dan Gadzuric 6'11" Sr. C UCLA
Jason Gardner 5'11" Jr. G Arizona
Jerry Green 6'3" Sr. G UC Irvine
Drew Gooden 6'10" Jr. F Kansas
Lynn Greer 6'1" Sr. G Temple
Udonis Haslem 6'7" Sr. C Florida
Casey Jacobsen* 6'6" Jr. F Stanford
Jared Jeffries 6'9" So. F Indiana
Jason Kapono 6'7" Jr. F UCLA
John Linehan 5'9" Sr. G Providence
Steve Logan 6'0" Sr. G Cincinnati
Tito Maddox 6'4" Jr. G Fresno State
Chris Marcus 7'1" Sr. C Western Kentucky
Roger Mason 6'5" Jr. G Virginia
Brett Nelson 6'3" Jr. G Florida
Jameer Nelson 6'1" So. G St. Joseph's
Marvin O'Connor 6'4" Sr. G St. Joseph's
Chris Owens 6'8" Sr. F/C Texas
Tayshaun Prince* 6'8 Sr. F Kentucky
Luke Recker 6'6" Sr. G Iowa
Justin Reed 6'8" So. F Mississippi
Kareem Rush 6'6" Jr. G Missouri
Preston Shumpert 6'7" Sr. F Syracuse
Tamar Slay 6'9" Sr. G Marshall
Mike Sweetney 6'8" So. F Georgetown
Marcus Taylor 6'3" So. G Michigan State
David West 6'8" Jr. F/C Xavier
Frank Williams* 6'3" Jr. `G Illinois
Jason Williams* 6'2" Jr. G Duke
Kelly Wise 6'10" Sr. F Memphis
Vincent Yarbrough 6'7" Sr. F Tennessee

* Indicates player was a 2000-2001 John R. Wooden Award All-American.



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