Douglas-Roberts, Rose Named To Wooden Award Mid-Season List
Jan. 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose were two of 30 collegiate players from across the country named to the 2008 John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season List, The Los Angeles Athletic Club John R. Wooden Award Committee announced Sunday. The Wooden Award has been given to the nation's top collegiate player since 1976.
Douglas-Roberts is one of the 19 Wooden Award preseason candidates that made the mid-season list. Rose is one of 11 new additions for the postseason honor.
Memphis is one of four schools with two players on the Wooden Award Mid-Season List. The other three schools were Indiana (D.J. White and Eric Gordon), Kansas (Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush) and North Carolina (Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington).
The 2007-08 Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, Douglas-Roberts leads the Tigers in scoring with a 16.8 average. He also averages 4.6 boards and is shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point line. The Detroit, Mich., native became the 43rd Tiger in the program's history to score 1,000 points in a career earlier this year, and is in the No. 31 spot on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,141 points. The 6-foot-7 guard ranks among the Conference USA leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (7th) and three-point field goal percentage (1st).
Douglas-Roberts was also named to the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy preseason list - also a National Player of the Year award - and earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors twice earlier this season.
Rose is second on the team with a 14.3 scoring average and leads the squad with 84 assists (4.4 apg). The 6-foot-3 guard also averages 4.1 boards per game and shoots 48.5 percent from the floor and 68 percent from the free throw line. Rose is ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring (8th), field goal percentage (13th), assists (5th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (11th).
The Chicago, Ill., native also is a nominee for the 2007-08 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. In mid-December, Rose earned his first C-USA Player of the Week honor.
The Tigers (19-0, 5-0 C-USA), ranked No. 1 in both national polls, return to action Wednesday, Jan. 30 when they travel to Houston to take on the Cougars (15-3, 4-0 C-USA). The game, to be televised by CSTV (Memphis Comcast digital cable 222), is slated for a 7:00 p.m. (CT) start.