Thursday, April 3, 2008

WOODEN AWARD FINALISTS

D.J. Augustin of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State, Stephen Curry of Davidson, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and UCLA's Kevin Love are finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball's top player.

Those five were named to the Wooden All-America team announced Tuesday. Joining them are Memphis teammates Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts, Brandon Rush of Kansas, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame and Tennessee's Chris Lofton, the only senior on the team.

Hansbrough, a junior, and Love, a freshman, will play in this weekend's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

Curry, a sophomore guard, was the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 25.9 points and helped Davidson to the Elite Eight as a No. 10 seed.


Augustin, a sophomore guard, helped Texas reach the final eight of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 19.2 points and 5.7 assists. Beasley, a freshman forward, averaged 26.2 points and was the nation's leading rebounder with 12.4 per game.


More than 1,000 national media and college basketball experts had until Monday to cast votes based on players' regular and postseason performances, character and academic performance.


The award will be presented April 11 in Los Angeles.

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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