Calvary Among Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30
Dec. 29, 2000
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 30 top candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award, were named Thursday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee, with Gonzaga University senior forward Casey Calvary among the selections.
The announcement was made by Chris Myers and Kevin Frazier on a special Wooden Award Selection Show during FOX Sports Net's coverage of the Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic. The Award is named for the three-time college basketball All-American, 1932 Player of the Year and 10-time national championship coach at UCLA.
Calvary is currently averaging 21.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 blocks/game and is shooting 57.7 percent from the field for the 5-4 Bulldogs.
Two returning Wooden All-Americans made the list, Troy Murphy of Notre Dame, among the nation's top scorers again this year, and Duke's Shane Battier, a two-time national defensive player of the year. Six schools had two players on the list: Stanford (Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins), Duke (Battier, Jason Williams) Illinois (Cory Bradford, Frank Williams), Arizona (Loren Woods, Michael Wright), Michigan State (Charlie Bell, Jason Richardson) and Tennessee (Vincent Yarbrough, Tony Harris).
The 2001 John R. Wooden Award will be presented to the college basketball player of the year at the silver anniversary 25th annual John R. Wooden Award program. The Mid-season Top 30 is based on player performance through the first half of the season and players are chosen by the Wooden Award Committee. Players who do not make this list are still eligible for consideration for the Wooden Award. Ballots are sent out to more than 1,000 voters on March 5. The voters will select The Wooden Award All-American Team and determine which player will receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the outstanding collegiate basketball player in the United States. Ballots are due back from the voters March 26 at noon Pacific time.
In total, 81 players received votes for the mid-season Top 30, and six players who weren't mentioned in the pre-season Top 50 list made this list, including Seton Hall's Eddie Griffin and Missouri's Kareem Rush.
The Award presentation, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America team, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday, April 7, 2001 at 4 p.m. PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net for the fourth straight year . Tickets for the black tie John R. Wooden Award Presentation Gala, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel following the televised announcement, are $150 and may be obtained by calling The Los Angeles Athletic Club at (213) 630-5255.
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