Randle Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate
Oct. 25, 2006
Champaign, Ill. - After tallying the ballots of the National Preseason Selection Committee, the John R. Wooden Award today announced the top 50 preseason candidates for the Men's 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American Team. The 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.
Illinois junior forward Brian Randle is one of five Big Ten players on the 2006-07 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Randle started 32 games last season, ranking fourth on the team in scoring (8.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.4 rpg). He shot 52 percent from the field on the year and earned a reputation as the Illini's top defender, garnering Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors.
This marks the seventh straight year that an Illinois player has been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Frank Williams was on the 2000-01 and 2001-02 preseason lists, Brian Cook was on the 2002-03 preseason list, Dee Brown was on three straight preseason lists: 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, and Deron Williams was also on the 2004-05 preseason list.
In January, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason top 30 followed by the national ballot in early March. On Tuesday, March 27, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. The 2007 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Gene Keady of Purdue University, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 7, 2007. 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.
For more information on the Wooden Award and to see the list of this year's 50 preseason candidates, please visit woodenaward.com.