Two Syracuse stars among preseason Wooden All-Americans

Updated: August 6, 2003, 9:31 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Fifty players including Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick of the defending NCAA champion Syracuse Orangemen have been picked as preseason John R. Wooden All-Americans.

Kansas, the NCAA runnerup, also has two players on the list in Keith Langford and Wayne Simien.

"The Preseason Selection Committee had a tough chore in preparing this list because there are so many new faces this year," Duke Llewellyn, the Wooden Award chairman, said Wednesday. "We are eager for the new season to get underway so that we can see which of these players will emerge as the most dominant in college basketball."

Connecticut's Emeka Okafor is the only preseason candidate who was honored last year on the Wooden Award All-American team. Okafor averaged 15.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.

Preseason candidates who were mentioned in the running for last year's Wooden Award and were named to the official voting ballot this year include Chris Duhon of Duke and Chris Thomas of Notre Dame.

Texas guard T.J. Ford won the Wooden Award last season. The Longhorns lost to Syracuse in the Final Four. Two of Ford's teammates last year -- James Thomas and Brandon Mouton -- are on the preseason list, as is Travis Diener of Marquette, which reached the Final Four before losing to Kansas.

The 2004 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American team and Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 10.

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