Turiaf Wooden Pre-Season Nominee

Aug. 5, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

Gonzaga University senior Ronny Turiaf has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season All-America Top 50.

It marks the sixth straight year the Bulldogs have had a Wooden All-America candidate. Matt Santangelo was the first in 2000, advancing to the pre-season Top 30. Casey Calvary became Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Top 10 All-American in 2001, Dan Dickau was Gonzaga's first Wooden Top 5 All-American in 2002, Cory Violette was a Pre-Season Top 50 selection in 2003 and 2004, and Blake Stepp was a 2004 Top 10 All-American.

Turiaf averaged 15.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg and paced the team with 45 blocked shots in 2004. He is a two-time All-West Coast Conference first-team selection, was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District 9 first team, to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 14 first team and was also one of the 20 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

He enters this season with 1,230 career points to rank 14th on the all-time Gonzaga list, 466 free throws to rank second, 120 blocked shots to rank second and 564 rebounds to approach the career Top 10 list. Larry Brown is 10th in rebounding with 604.

The Pre-Season Top 50 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers and freshmen as well as other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason Top 30 list and the National Ballot.

"With so much player movement in the off season, the Committee had quite a task in nominating these candidates from a wide selection of tremendous players," said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. "This list represents the elite of college basketball, and our entire team at the Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation battle it out in order to prove their case as basketball's player of the year."

Ten NCAA conferences are represented, including ACC (12 players), Big East (8 players), Big 12 (6 players), Pacific-10 (6 players), Big 10, (5 players), SEC (5 players), Conference USA (5 players), West Coast Conference (1 player), Mountain West Conference (1 player), and the American East Conference (1 player).

Georgia Tech and North Carolina each return with three players nominated, and several teams stand out with two nominations apiece including Illinois, Notre Dame, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Kansas, Florida, Syracuse, and Duke. Each of last year's Final Four teams boast at least one representative on the Preseason Team including Connecticut (Charlie Villanueva); Georgia Tech (B.J. Elder, Jarrett Jack and Luke Schenscher); Duke (J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams); and Oklahoma State (Joey Graham and John Lucas Jr.).

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 ('84), Larry Bird ('79), Tim Duncan ('97) and last year's recipient, Jameer Nelson ('04).

In mid-January the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-season Top 30 on CBS Sports, and on Tuesday, March 29, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. The 2005 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.

The top five male and female finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to their university's general scholarship fund. The Wooden Award scholarship fund was established in 2002 by Applied Materials and corporate partners through the California Community Foundation (CCF) to honor Coach Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor. Applied Materials distributed $15,000 last year to each university represented by a men's and women's Wooden Award All-American Team finalist (for a total of $150,000). Additional donations to Applied Materials' John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting the scholarship fund through the CCF (www.calfund.org).

2004-05 Wooden Award Preseason

All-American Team - Top 50 Candidates

(Based on a pre-season poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Sean

Banks

6-8

So.

F

Memphis

Andrew

Bogut

7-0

So.

F/C

Utah

Kevin

Bookout

6-8

Jr.

F

Oklahoma

Daniel

Brown

5-11

Jr.

G

Illinois

Taylor

Coppenrath

6-9

Sr.

F

Vermont

Paul

Davis

6-11

Jr.

C

Michigan State

Travis

Diener

6-1

Sr.

F

Marquette

Ike

Diogu

6-8

Jr.

F

Arizona State

B.J.

Elder

6-4

Sr.

G/F

Georgia Tech

Raymond

Felton

6-0

Jr.

G

North Carolina

Torin

Francis

6-10

Jr.

F/C

Notre Dame

Channing

Frye

6-10

Sr.

F

Arizona

Francisco

Garcia

6-10

Jr.

F

Louisville

John

Gilchrist

6-3

Jr.

G

Maryland

Ryan

Gomes *

6-8

Sr.

F

Providence

Joey

Graham

6-7

Sr.

F

Oklahoma State

Justin

Gray

6-2

Jr.

G

Wake Forest

Chuck

Hayes

6-6

Sr.

F

Kentucky

Chris

Hernandez

6-2

Jr.

G

Stanford

Julius

Hodge

6-6

Sr.

G

N.C.State

Daniel

Horton

6-3

Jr.

G

Michigan

Jarrett

Jack

6-3

Jr.

G

Georgia Tech

Carl

Krauser

6-2

Jr.

G

Pittsburgh

Keith

Langford

6-4

Sr.

F

Kansas

David

Lee

6-8

Sr.

F

Florida

John

Lucas Jr.

5-11

Sr.

G

Oklahoma State

Sean

May

6-9

Jr.

F/C

North Carolina

Jason

Maxiell

6-7

Sr.

F

Cincinnati

Rashad

McCants

6-3

Jr.

F

North Carolina

Gerry

McNamara

6-2

Jr.

G

Syracuse

Chris

Paul

6-0

So.

G

Wake Forest

Leon

Powe

6-8

So.

F

California

J.J.

Redick

6-4

Jr.

G

Duke

Anthony

Roberson

6-1

Jr.

G

Florida

Lawrence

Roberts *

6-9

Sr.

F

Mississippi State

Nate

Robinson

5-9

Jr.

G

Washington

Luke

Schenscher

7-1

Sr.

C

Georgia Tech

Wayne

Simien

6-8

Sr.

F

Kansas

Craig

Smith

6-7

Jr.

F

Boston College

Salim

Stoudamire

6-1

Sr.

G

Arizona

Chris

Thomas

6-1

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

P.J.

Tucker

6-5

So.

F

Texas

Ronny

Turiaf

6-10

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

Charlie

Villanueva

6-11

So.

F

Connecticut

Hakim

Warrick

6-9

Sr.

F

Syracuse

Deron

Williams

6-3

Jr.

G

Illinois

Shelden

Williams

6-9

Jr.

F

Duke

Kennedy

Winston

6-7

Jr.

F

Alabama

Curtis

Withers

6-8

Jr.

F

Charlotte

Bracey

Wright

6-3

Jr.

G

Indiana

*Indicates player was a 2003-2004 John R. Wooden Award All-American.


 

 

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