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WOODEN WATCH: Gooden, Williams remain 1-2

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Frank Burlison

 
   
 
The April 7 announcement in Los Angeles of the John R. Wooden Award winner is still five-plus weeks away. The 1,000 ballots that will be distributed nationally won't be due in until March 25 — the Monday following the weekend of the NCAA tournament regional finals. But the two players — Drew Gooden of Kansas and Jason Williams of Duke — most consider the leading candidates to be handed the trophy from the Hall of Fame coach the award is named for remain 1-2 in the final FOXSports.com JRW Award weekly ratings of the regular season. We'll reveal who we voted for on our ballot before the announcement. FOXSports.com's All-America teams — with selections based strictly on regular-season play, obviously — will be revealed next week. Gooden, in the top spot in the FOXSports.com Wooden ratings for the second week in a row, scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Jayhawks barely hung on to their unbeaten Big 12 record Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. Williams scored 26 points in both games as the Blue Devils smacked Wake Forest and St. John's to the tune of 29- and 42-point victories. The No.'s 3-5 players in the FOXSports.com Top 10 — Steve Logan (Cincinnati), Juan Dixon (Maryland) and Mike Dunleavy (Duke) — also play for teams that are on target to get top seeds when the NCAA tourney pairings are announced on March 10.

The Top 10

(statistics include games of Feb. 25) 1. Drew Gooden, 6-9, Jr., Kansas
Last rating: 1
Stats: (27 games) 20.9 points per game; .516 field goal percentage; 11.3 rebounds per game; 1.8 assists per game; 2.0 steals per game; 1.3 blocks per game
Check him out against: Missouri, Sunday in Columbia
Comment: Big-Time lock for Big 12 Player of the Year 2. Jason Williams, 6-1, Jr., Duke
Last rating: 2
Stats: (27 games) 21.6 ppg; .464 FG percentage; 3.8 rpg; 5.3 apg; 2.1 spg
Check him out against: Virginia, Thursday night in Charlottesville
Comment: Anyone else think this guy is going to wreak some serous havoc in the ACC and NCAA tournaments? 3. Steve Logan, 6-0, Sr., Cincinnati
Last rating: 3
Stats: (28 games) 22.5 ppg; .469 FG percentage; 3.1 rpg; 5.5 apg; 1.0 spg
Check him out against: Memphis, Sunday in Cincinnati
Comment: March could feature a very long Logan's Run 4. Juan Dixon, 6-3, Sr., Maryland
Last rating:4
Stats: (26 games) 19.2 ppg; .448 FG percentage; 4.9 rpg; 2.8 apg; 2.9 spg
Check him out against: Virginia, Sunday in Cole Field House farewell
Comment: Wow — how emotional is it going to be Sunday in College Park as goodbyes are bid to Dixon and his fellow seniors, and Cole Field House? 5. Mike Dunleavy, 6-9, Jr., Duke
Last rating: 5
Stats: (27 games) 17.8 ppg; .499 FG percentage; 7.8 rpg; 2.2 apg; 2.4 spg
Check him out against: North Carolina, Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium
Comment: This much is true — the Blue Devils' prep recruiting class of 1999 wasn't overrated 6. Dan Dickau, 6-1, Sr., Gonzaga
Last rating: 6
Stats: (29 games) 20.6 ppg; .453 FG percentage; 3.0 rpg; 4.9 apg; 0.8 spg
Check him out against: Pepperdine, possibly, in Monday WCC tourney final
Comment: Not exactly eyebrow-raising news — Dickau voted WCC POY 7. Brandin Knight, 6-0, Jr., Pittsburgh
Last rating: "Next 20"
Stats: (27 games) 15.5 ppg; .425 FG percentage; 5.0 rpg; 6.9 apg; 2.4 spg
Check him out against: Anyone he and the Panthers face in next week's Big East tourney
Comment: It won't be long before the Memphis Grizzlies' Brevin becomes known as this guy's "older brother" 8. Sam Clancy, 6-7, Sr., USC
Last rating: 8
Stats: (26 games) 18.9 ppg; .499 FG percentage; 9.8 rpg; 1.5 apg; 1.9 spg; 1.3 blocks per game
Check him out against: Oregon, Thursday night in Los Angeles
Comment: Reported sub-2.0 cumulative GPA will apparently keep him off final Wooden ballot; no such restrictions in these ratings! 9. David West, 6-8, Jr., Xavier
Last rating: "Next 20"
Stats: (25 games) 18.5 ppg; .546 FG percentage; 10.1 rpg; 1.6 apg; 1.3 spg; 2.8 bpg
Check him out against: La Salle, Thursday night in Cincinnati
Comment: He'll face another future first-round pick, Rasual Butler, Thursday. 10. Luke Walton, 6-8, Jr., Arizona
Last rating: 9
Stats: (26 games) 15.4 ppg; .485 FG percentage; 7.6 rpg; 6.3 apg; 1.8 spg
Check him out against: Stanford, Thursday night in Tucson
Comment: It's a three-man race for Pac-10 POY among he, Clancy and Frederick Jones of Oregon Next 20: Kirk Hinrich (6-3, Jr., Kansas); Jared Jeffries (6-9, So., Indiana); Tayshaun Prince (6-8, Sr., Kentucky); Dwyane Wade (6-4, So., Marquette); Frederick Jones (6-3, Sr., Oregon); Erwin Dudley (6-9, Jr., Alabama); Mike Sweetney (6-8, So., Georgetown); Casey Jacobsen (6-6, Jr., Stanford); Carlos Boozer (6-8, Jr., Duke); Jason Gardner (5-10, Jr., Arizona); Caron Butler (6-6, So., Connecticut); Jarvis Hayes (6-6, So., Georgia); Lonny Baxter (6-8, Sr., Maryland); Udonis Haslem (6-8, Sr., Florida); Frank Williams (6-3, Sr., Illinois); Jason Kapono (6-7, Jr., UCLA); Lynn Greer (6-1, Sr., Temple); Kelly Wise (6-10, Sr., Memphis); Melvin Ely (6-10, Sr., Fresno State); Rasual Butler (6-7, Sr., La Salle). Frank Burlison can be reached at his e-mail address: fburlison@foxsports.com.
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