UCLA Junior Jason Kapono Is John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 Candidate

Dec. 29, 2001

UCLA junior Jason Kapono, who was a preseason Top 50 Wooden Award nominee, is on the Midseason Top 30 Wooden list released Friday.

A national poll was conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Committee to determine the Top 30 Midseason Candidates for the 2001-2002 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-American Team. The Top 30 Candidates have been selected based on individual performance and team records thus far in the 2001-2002 season. Players who do not make this list are still eligible for consideration for the Wooden Award.

Through UCLA's first 11 games, Kapono has helped lead the Bruins to a 9-2 overall record, including a seven-game winning streak and a 2-0 mark in the Pac-10. He's UCLA's leading scorer (19.9), No. 1 in assists (2.7) and No. 2 in rebounding (5.8). Kapono is shooting 51.1 from the field and leads the Bruins in three-point (52.9, 36-68) and foul shooting (83.3, 45-54). Last Thursday, in UCLA's win over Columbia, Kapono set the school record for three-pointers, breaking the old mark of 197, set by Tracy Murray, 1990-92. Through the Georgetown game, Kapono had 202 three-pointers. Last season as a sophomore, Kapono was a finalist for the Wooden Award, given annually to the nation's top player.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2002, the ten player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Sunday April 7, 2002 to receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year."

John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
(Based on a midseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Top CandidateSchool
Maurice BakerOklahoma State
Lonny BaxterMaryland
Troy BellBoston College
Matt BonnerFlordia
Carlos BoozerDuke
Caron ButlerConnecticut
Sam ClancySouthern California
Nick CollisonKansas
Dan DickauGonzaga
Juan DixonMaryland
Mike DunleavyDuke
Melvin ElyFresno State
Reggie EvansIowa
Jason GardnerArizona
Drew GoodenKansas
Lynn GreerTemple
Udonis HaslemFlorida
Casey Jacobsen*Stanford
Jared JeffriesIndiana
Jason KaponoUCLA
Roger MasonVirginia
Marvin O'Connor St. Joseph's
Chris OwensTexas
Tayshaun Prince*Kentucky
Luke ReckerIowa
Kareem RushMissouri
Preston ShumpertSyracuse
David WestXavier
Frank Williams*Illinois
Jason Williams*Duke

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