Aug. 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES - University of Washington senior Brandon Roy has been selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team, Wooden Award chairman Duke Llewellyn announced Tuesday.
A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
Roy is the second Husky to appear on the Wooden preseason watch list in as many years. Last year, UW guard Nate Robinson was a Wooden Award candidate.
The 6-foot-6 guard was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2005. He ranked second among Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his field goal attempts.
Roy was third on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average that ranked 17th among Pac-10 players. He was the Huskies' second-leading rebounder with 5.0 boards per game, a figure that ranked No. 20 in the Pac-10.
Roy started the first three outings of the 2004-05 campaign before being sidelined for nine games with an injury. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. Upon his return, Roy was used primarily in a reserve role the rest of the season, including all three postseason games. He shot 63 percent during the NCAA Tournament and led the Huskies with a 15.3-point scoring average.
The Wooden Award list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 50 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the midseason top 30 list and the National Ballot.
The top five male and female finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to the 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 legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor.
"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 Llewellyn. "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."
Duke's J.J. Redick and Illinois' Dee Brown are the sole preseason candidates who were honored last year as members of the 2005 Wooden Award All-American Team. Additionally, Sheldon Williams (Duke) and Craig Smith (Boston College) join Redick and Brown as the only preseason candidates named to last year's official voting ballot. Other preseason candidates that were in the running for lastyear's Wooden Award include guards Justin Gray (Wake Forest), Chris Hernandez (Stanford), Carl Krauser (Pittsburgh) and Gerry McNamara (Syracuse); and forwards Leon Powe (California), P.J. Tucker (Texas) and Curtis Withers (Charlotte).
Roy is one of seven Pac-10 players on the Wooden Award list, including Arizona's Hassan Adams, Oregon's Aaron Brooks, UCLA's Jordan Farmar and California's Leon Powe along with Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez of Stanford.
Along with those Pac-10 players, the Huskies will face Wooden Award nominee Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and perhaps Guillermo Diaz of Miami (Fla.).
Eleven NCAA conferences are represented, including the Big East (nine players), ACC (eight players), Pac 10 (seven players), Big Ten (six players), Big 12 (six players), Atlantic 10 (four players), SEC (four players), Conference USA (two players), Western Athletic Conference (two players), West Coast Conference (one player), and the Missouri Valley Conference (one player).
Including Roy, the Huskies return three of their top-five scorers from the 2005 team that had a 29-6 record and advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season, won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
Washington's 2005-06 squad will feature a pair of returning starting forwards in Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen. Jones ranked fourth on the 2005 team with 11.2 points per game and Jensen was No. 7 at 6.3. Also returning are forward Jamaal Williams, whose 9.9-point average was fifth-best on the team, and guard Joel Smith who scored at a 4.6-point clip as a freshman.
The lineup will be bolstered by point guard Ryan Appleby, a transfer from Florida who sat out last season as a red-shirt. The former Stanwood (Wash.) High School standout will maintain sophomore eligibility next year.
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 Michael Jordan ('84), Larry Bird ('79), Tim Duncan ('97) and last year's recipient, Andrew Bogut ('05).
As a part of the John R. Wooden Award, the top five male and female finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund for 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 $10,000 last year to each university represented by a men's and women's Wooden Award All-American Team finalist (for a total of $100,000). 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).
For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please see the offcial website at: www.WoodenAward.com