Nine new faces on midseason Wooden list


Nine players who were not on the Wooden Award's preseason list of candidates were selected to the midseason list released Tuesday.

New to the list are B.J. Elder (Georgia Tech), Devin Harris (Wisconsin), Kris Humphries (Minnesota), Andre Iguodala (Arizona), Matt Lottich (Stanford), Sean May (North Carolina), Chris Paul (Wake Forest) and Ronny Turiaf (Gonzaga). Players from 10 conferences appear on the list of 30 players. The Big East boasts a high of six players on the list, while the ACC is represented by five players. The Pac-10 and SEC each have four players on the list.

The Wooden Award Committee bases the midseason top 30 on individual player performance and team records through the early part of the season. Players who do not make the list are still eligible for consideration for the Wooden Award. The committee will pare the list down to a final ballot consisting of approximately 20 players. The official ballot will be released in early March.

The 2004 award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Team, the inaugural Women's Wooden Award and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Saturday, April 10, 2004. The All-American team will be announced on March 30, 2003 and the top five candidates will be invited to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony.