Douglas-Roberts Named To Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List
Oct. 24, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts was named to the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award preseason top-50 list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Committee announced Wednesday. The Wooden Award has been given to the nation's top collegiate player annually since 1976.
Douglas-Roberts, the 2007-08 Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, is the Tigers' leading returning scorer from a year ago. The 6-foot-7 junior guard/forward averaged 15.4 points and shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe last season. Douglas-Roberts ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage in 2006-07. He enters 2007-08 needing only 179 points to become the 43rd player in Tiger hoops history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
A 2006-07 All-Conference USA first team pick, Douglas-Roberts' name has appeared on several 2007-08 preseason All-America teams. Last season, the Detroit, Mich., native picked up Associated Press All-America honorable mention, Conference USA Tournament MVP, NCAA Tournament All-South Region, NABC All-District 7 and USBWA All-District 4 honors.
The Wooden Award preseason list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 50 candidates are comprised of returning players.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for this preseason list, but will be evaluated and considered for both the midseason top-30 list and the national ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason top-30 and ballot. Last year, Texas' Kevin Durant was the first freshman to win the Wooden Award.
In January, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason top-30 list, followed by the distribution of the national ballot to more than 1,000 voters in early March. The 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the Tuesday after the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament is completed.
The 2008 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's John R. Wooden Awards, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of Apr. 11-13, 2008.
The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the Award's ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund. One of the five players will be named the John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year at a live televised announcement from The Club where he is awarded the prestigious five-figured bronze trophy.