Hansbrough, Lawson on Wooden Watch List

North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough and sophomore Ty Lawson were among the preseason candidates announced this week for the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award. Hansbrough was a Wooden Award All-American last season.

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 Award, 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 April 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 these 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.

All-American Team – Top 50 Candidates

(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Jeff Adrien6-7FJr.Connecticut
Ryan Anderson6-10FSo.California
D.J. Augustin6-10GSo.Texas
Patrick Beverley6-1GSo.Arkansas
Jon Brockman6-7FJr.Washington
Chase Budinger6-7FSo.Arizona
Jaycee Carroll6-2GSr.Utah State
Mario Chalmers6-1GJr.Kansas
Darren Collison6-1GJr.UCLA
Brandon Costner6-9FSo.NC State
Stephen Curry6-0GSo.Davidson
Eric Devendorf6-4GJr.Syracuse
Chris Douglas-Roberts6-6GJr.Memphis
Randal Falkner6-7FSr.Southern Illinois
Shan Foster6-6G/FSr.Vanderbilt
Taj Gibson6-9FSo.USC
James Gist6-8FSr.Maryland
Jamont Gordon6-4G/FJr.Mississippi State
Kentrell Gransberry6-9CSr.South Florida
A.J. Graves6-1GSr.Butler
Malik Hairston6-6GJrOregon
Tyler Hansbrough*6-9FJr.North Carolina
Richard Hendrix6-8FJr.Alabama
Roy Hibbert7-2CSr.Georgetown
Dominic James5-11GJr.Marquette
Joseph Jones6-9F/CSr.Texas A&M
Marcelus Kemp6-5GSr.Nevada
Ty Lawson5-11GSo.North Carolina
Courtney Lee6-5G/FSr.Western Kentucky
Chris Lofton6-2GSr.Tennessee
Derrick Low6-2GSr.Washington State
Aleks Maric6-11CSr.Nebraska
Eric Maynor6-2GJr.VCU
Bo McCalebb6-0GSr.New Orleans
Drew Neitzel6-0GSr.Michigan State
DeMarcus Nelson6-4GSr.Duke
Jeremy Pargo6-2GJr.Gonzaga
Jeff Pendergraph6-9FJr.Arizona State
Scottie Reynolds6-2GSo.Villanova
Tyrese Rice6-1GJr.Boston College
Brandon Rush*6-6GJr.Kansas
Josh Shipp6-5FJr.UCLA
Sean Singletary6-0GSr.Virginia
Jason Thompson6-11FSr.Rider
Johnathan Wallace6-1GSr.Georgetown
Kyle Weaver6-6GSr.Washington State
D.J. White6-9FSr.Indiana
Reggie Williams6-5FSr.VMI
Terrence Williams6-6FJr.Louisville
Martin Zeno6-5GSr.Texas Tech

* Indicates player was a 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American.

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