Aug. 19, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Husky sophomore Isaiah Thomas was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2009-10 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy, it was announced today by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder.
"I'm really honored," said Thomas. "This is a blessing from God to be on such a list with 50 of the best college players in the nation."
Thomas, the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is one of three conference players who are candidates -- joining fellow point guards Jerome Randle of California and Nic Wise of Arizona.
The Tacoma native was the Huskies leading scorer (15.5 ppg, seventh best among all Pac-10 players) and dished out a team-best 91 assists in 2008-09. He raised his scoring average to 16.0 ppg in Pac-10 play and helped Washington to its first outright conference championship since 1953.
In addition to his Pac-10 Freshman of the Year accolades, Thomas was named second-team All-Pac-10 and to Freshman All-American teams by CBSSportsline.com and The Sporting News.
"This is a great honor for Isaiah," said Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. "He was rewarded last year as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was a Freshman All-America selection. It is really exciting to see him considered for national recognition, especially for an honor as prestigious as the Wooden Award. As the season progresses, I also anticipate other members of our team being included on the various lists of players considered for national awards."
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.
About the John R. Wooden Award
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 or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and Blake Griffin ('09). Candace Parker of Tennessee won the Women's Wooden Award in 2007 and 2008.