Aug. 7, 2003
LOS ANGELES -- Washington State senior point guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) is one of 50 players on the Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team. Players were selected based upon last year's performance and are the early front runners for the 2004 John R. Wooden Award, as announced by National Preseason Selection Committee.
"The Preseason Selection Committee had a tough chore in preparing this list because there are so many new faces this year," said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. "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."
Moore led the Cougars with 18.2 points last season and ranks 19th all-time at WSU with 1,066 points. He was one of only three players in Cougar history to record 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals. He declared for the NBA draft last spring, but withdrew in order to return to WSU for his senior season.
Ten NCAA conferences are represented, including the Big East (11 players), Big 12 (10 players), Pacific-10 (seven players), Big Ten, (five players), ACC (five players), SEC (four players), Conference USA (three players), Atlantic 10 (two players), West Coast Conference (two players), and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (one player).
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 university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Indiana State's Larry Bird (1979), North Carolina's Michael Jordan (1984), Wake Forest's Tim Duncan (1997) and last year's recipient, T.J. Ford of Texas.
The 2004 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club Saturday, April 10, 2004 and will be broadcast live on CBS. The top five finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to their university s general scholarship fund. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, visit www.woodenaward.com.