Araujo Selected to Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 List

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- Senior Rafael Araujo has been selected as one of the top-30 candidates for the Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-America Team by the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Committee.

Araujo leads BYU in scoring (19.8) and rebounding (10.4) and has 11 double-doubles this year. He is tied for the third-most double-double games nationally this season, one behind UNLV's Odartey Blankson and two behind Connecicut's Omeka Okafor.

On March 30, the 10-player Wooden All-America Team will be announced. One member of the team will be selected April 10 to receive the Wooden Award as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." BYU's Danny Ainge was recognized as the nation's top player in 1981 when he received the Wooden Award.


Rafael Araujo, 6-11, Sr., C, BYU

Andre Barrett, 5-10, Sr., G, Seton Hall

Travis Diener, 6-1, Jr., G, Marquette

Ike Diogu, 6-8, So., F, Arizona State

Chris Duhon, 6-1, Sr., G, Duke

B.J. Elder, 6-4, Jr., G/F, Georgia Tech

Andre Emmett, 6-5, Sr., F, Texas Tech

Gerald Fitch, 6-3, Sr., G, Kentucky

Matt Freije, 6-9, Sr., F, Vanderbilt

Francisco Garcia, 6-7, So., F, Louisville

Ryan Gomes, 6-8, Jr., F, Providence

Ben Gordon, 6-2, Jr., G, Connecticut

Devin Harris, 6-3, Jr., G, Wisconsin

Julius Hodge, 6-6, Jr., G, North Carolina State

Kris Humphries, 6-8, Fr., F, Minnesota

Andre Iguodala, 6-6, So., F, Arizona

Luke Jackson, 6-7, Sr., F, Oregon

David Lee, 6-8, Jr., F, Oregon

Matt Lottich, 6-4, Sr., G, Stanford

Jason Maxiell, 6-7, Jr., F, Cincinnati

Sean May, 6-9, So., F/C, North Carolina

Jameer Nelson, 6-1, Sr., G, St. Joseph's

*Emeka Okafor, 6-9, Jr., F/C, Connecticut

Julius Page, 6-3, Sr., G, Pittsburgh

Chris Paul, 6-0, Fr., G, Wake Forest

Lawrence Roberts, 6-9, Jr., F, Mississippi State

Romain Sato, 6-5, Sr., G, Xavier

Wayne Simien, 6-8, Jr., F, Kansas

Ronny Tariaf, 6-10, Jr., F, Gonzaga

Hakim Warrick, 6-9, Jr., F, Syracuse

*indicates player who was a 2002-03 John R. Wooden Award All-American

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