Thursday, March 28, 2002

No end to honors for Logan, West


UC guard finalist for Wooden Award

By Neil Schmidt, nschmidt@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The award season continues for Cincinnati's Steve Logan and Xavier's David West.

AWARDS LIST
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Logan
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West
STEVE LOGAN'S HONORS
• Finalist: Wooden Award
• National player of the year: FoxSports.com, CNN/SI, CollegeInsider.com
• First-team All-American: Associated Press, Wooden Award, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, ESPN.com, Basketball Times
• Conference USA player of the year, tournament MVP

DAVID WEST'S HONORS
• Second-team All-American: AP, Basketball Times, USBWA
• Third-team All-American: NABC
• All-American: CollegeInsider.com
• Atlantic 10 player of the year, defensive player of the year, tournament most valuable player.

        Logan has been named the national player of the year by CollegeInsider.com, which follows FoxSports.com and CNN/SI in tabbing him the nation's best.

        Logan was named Wednesday to the 10-player Wooden All-American team and is one of five finalists for the top-player award. Logan on Friday also will be named a Basketball Times first-team All-American, with West making the second team.

        Logan and West will attend ESPN Magazine's College Basketball Awards show tonight in Atlanta (7-9p.m., ESPN).

        Logan is one of three finalists tonight for Most Outstanding Player, along with Duke's Jason Williams and Kansas' Drew Gooden, and for Most Outstanding Point Guard, along with Williams and Gonzaga's Dan Dickau. West is up for Most Outstanding Center, along with Duke's Carlos Boozer and Florida's Udonis Haslem.

        Logan's run at Wooden Award player of the year — he's invited to the April 7 banquet in L.A. (7-8p.m., Fox Sports Net) — mirrors his remarkable season. When the Wooden selection committee announced its 30 midseason candidates Dec.30, Logan wasn't even on the list.

        “The voting for that (midseason) list was due Dec.15, and that's right when Cincinnati really took off and Steve started lighting it up,” said Mike Solum, director of the Wooden Award. “In those two weeks, he really proved us wrong.”

        When Texas' Chris Owens went down with a season-ending injury, the Wooden folks replaced Owens with Logan on their list.

        Now he's competing with Williams, Gooden, Dickau and Maryland's Juan Dixon for top honors.

       



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