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