Douglas-Roberts, Rose Named Wooden Award Finalists
March 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose are two of 24 players from across the nation named to the final John R. Wooden Award ballot, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday. The Wooden Award has been given to the nation's top collegiate player since 1976.
Memphis is one of four schools to have two players on the final ballot. The other three schools are Indiana, Tennessee and UCLA.
Douglas-Roberts, a 2007-08 All-Conference USA first team pick, leads Memphis in scoring (17.3 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (44.2), and is ranked among the conference leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (7th) and three-point field goal percentage (2nd). The Detroit, Mich., native also is in the running for two other National Player of the Year awards in the Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy. He was selected to the NABC All-District 7 first team in early March.
The 6-foot-7 guard 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. 13 spot on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,358 points. He was named Conference USA Player of the Week three times in 2007-08.
Rose, a 2007-08 Bob Cousy Award finalist, became the third Tiger freshman under John Calipari to earn All-C-USA first team accolades. Rose is second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and leads the squad with 141 assists. The 141 dimes are tied for the third-most by a freshman in Tiger history. The 6-foot-3 guard is ranked among C-USA leaders in scoring (9th), field goal percentage (15th), assists (4th), steals (12th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (10th).
In mid-December, the Chicago, Ill., native was named Conference USA Player of the Week. He was selected to the NABC All-District 7 first team in early March.
Other area players among the Wooden Award finalists were: Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon and Tennessee's Chris Lofton and Tyler Smith.
The Wooden Award winner will be announced on Apr. 12 during a special ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The 2008 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to Pat Summitt of Tennessee, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club Apr. 11-12. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.
A panel of more than 1,000 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Mar. 31 to cast their votes - a long voting period that allows voters to evaluate players up through games of the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. All players on the ballots have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.