Stepp, Violette on Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50

Aug. 8, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Gonzaga University has two players on the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 as senior guard Blake Stepp and senior forward Cory Violette were named to the team today.

Violette was a Top 50 selection a year ago, while Stepp is making his first appearance on the ballot in the hunt for college basketball's prestigious Player of the Year Award.

This is the fifth straight year the Bulldogs have been represented - Matt Santangelo (2000), Casey Calvary (2001), Dan Dickau (2002) and Violette (2003). Dickau became the first Bulldog named to the Top Five All-American squad, while Calvary became the first Wooden Award All-American when he was named to the 10-man All-America team.

Stepp, who just completed competing for the USA Basketball Pan American Games Team in Santo Dominigo, Dominican Republic, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year last season after averaging 18.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.0 assists/game. He also received Associated Press All-America honorable mention honors, Basketball Times West Coast All-Region accolades and was a National Associated of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 14 pick.

Violette averaged 11.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg last season for the Bulldogs. He was named to the All-WCC team for the second straight year and was a NABC District 14 second-team selection.

A national poll was conducted by the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Committee to determine the Top 50 Preseason Candidates for the 2003-2004 Wooden Award All-American Team. The top 50 candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. The student-athletes selected are all returning players. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are not included. These athletes and other players who excel throughout the season will be eligible for the Mid-Season Top 30 list and the national ballot.

In mid January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-Season Top 30 on CBS Sports. On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Saturday April 10, 2004 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be televised live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club on CBS Sports. For more information please visit

Name                Ht.         Yr.    Cl.      School
Andre Barrett       5'10"       Sr.     G       Seton Hall
Kevin Bookout       6'8"        So.     F       Oklahoma
Dee Brown           5'11"       So.     G       Illinois
Josh Childress      6'8"        Jr.     F       Stanford
Paul Davis          6'11'       So.     C       Michigan State
Travis Diener       6'1"        Jr.     G       Marquette
Ike Diogu           6'8"        So.     F       Arizona State
Chris Duhon         6'1"        Sr.     G       Duke
Andre Emmett        6'5"        Sr.     F       Texas Tech
Raymond Felton      6'0"        So.     G       North Carolina
Gerald Fitch        6'3"        Sr.     G       Kentucky
Luis Flores         6'2"        Sr.     G       Manhattan
Torin  Francis      6'10"       So.    F/C      Notre Dame
Matt Freije         6'9"        Sr.     F       Vanderbilt
Channing Frye       6'10"       Jr.     F       Arizona
Francisco Garcia    6'10"       Jr.     F       Louisville
Ryan Gomes          6'8 "       Jr.     F       Providence
Ben Gordon          6'2"        Jr.     G       Connecticut
David Harrison      7'0"        Jr.     C       Colorado
Chris Hill          6'3"        Jr.     G       Michigan State
Julius Hodge        6'6"        Jr.     G       North Carolina State
Daniel Horton       6'3"        So.     G       Michigan
Luke Jackson        6'7"        Sr.     F       Oregon
Arthur Johnson      6'9"        Sr.     C       Missouri
Keith Langford      6'4"        Jr.     F       Kansas
David Lee           6'8"        Jr.     F       Florida
Jason Maxiell       6'7"        Sr.     F       Cincinnati
Rashad McCants      6'3"        So.     F       North Carolina
Gerry McNamara      6'2"        So.     G       Syracuse
Marcus Moore        6'3"        Sr.     G       Washington State
Brandon Mouton      6'4"        Sr.     G       Texas
Jameer Nelson       6'1"        Sr.     G       St. Joseph's
Emeka Okafor*       6'9"        Jr.    F/C      Connecticut
Julius Page         6'3"        Sr.     G       Pittsburgh
Rickey Paulding     6'5"        Sr.     G       Missouri
J.J. Redick         6'4"        So.     G       Duke
Darius Rice         6'10"       Sr.     F       Miami
Lawrence Roberts    6'9"        Jr.     F       Baylor
Romain Sato         6'5"        Sr.     G       Xavier
Wayne Simien        6'8"        Jr.     F       Kansas
Craig Smith         6'7"        So.     F       Boston College
Blake Stepp         6'4"        Sr.     G       Gonzaga
Salim Stoudamire    6'1"        Jr.     G       Arizona
Amit Tamir          6'10"       Jr.    F/C      California
Chris Thomas        6'1"        Jr.     G       Notre Dame
James Thomas        6'8"        Sr.     C       Texas
Cory Violette       6'8"        Sr.    F/C      Gonzaga
Matt Walsh          6'6"        So.     F       Florida
Hakim Warrick       6'9"        Jr.     F       Syracuse
Bracey Wright       6'3"        So.     G       Indiana

*Indicates player was a 2002-2003 John R. Wooden Award All-American.



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