Paris, Parker, Latta, Harding, Fowles nominated

Updated: March 29, 2007, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomores Courtney Paris of Oklahoma and Candace Parker of Tennessee are among the five finalists for the John R. Wooden award, given to college basketball's outstanding player.

Others invited Thursday to the April 7 presentation at the Los Angeles Athletic Club are North Carolina senior Ivory Latta, Duke senior Lindsey Harding and LSU junior Sylvia Fowles.

The award ceremony will include the presentation of the men's and women's Wooden Award, the All-America teams and Legends of Coaching award to former Purdue coach Gene Keady.

The top five men's finalists were announced Wednesday and are also invited to the ceremony. They are freshmen Greg Oden of Ohio State and Kevin Durant of Texas, sophomore Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and seniors Acie Law of Texas A&M and Alando Tucker of Wisconsin.

The Wooden Award was created in 1976 -- a year after the former UCLA coach retired after guiding the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span. Among the previous male winners were Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan.

The women's award was first presented in 2004. Previous winners were Duke's Alana Beard and LSU's Seimone Augustus, who won the past two years.


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