Wyoming's Bailey a Preseason All-American Selection by the John R. Wooden Award Committee

Aug. 5, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior basketball player Marcus Bailey has been selected by the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Committee as one of 50 preseason All-Americans for the 2002-03 season. Bailey, who is entering his senior season, has earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors the past two years. He helped lead Wyoming to a 22-9 record in the 2001-02 season, the MWC regular-season championship and the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

"Anytime you are listed among the best 50 players in the country, you are in an extremely exclusive group," said UW head coach Steve McClain. "The Wooden Award Committee picks out only the elite players in the country for its preseason All-America team. For Marc to be one of those selected is a great honor. This is hopefully one of many honors Marc will receive this year."

A national poll was conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Committee to determine the Top 50 preseason candidates for its 2002-03 Preseason All-America Team. The top 50 candidates were selected based on last year's individual performances and team records. The student-athletes selected are all returning players. Transfers and freshmen are not included.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2003, the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-America Team will be selected on Sunday April 13, 2003, as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year. The event will be a one-hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net.

There are 324 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs. Each school is allowed 13 scholarships, which equates to 4,212 men's basketball players at the Division I level. With Bailey's selection to the Wooden Preseason All-America team, that places him among the top one percent of all Division I men's basketball players from across the country.

Below is the listing of the 50 players selected 2002-03 John R. Wooden Preseason All-Americans. They are listed alphabetically. Student-athletes who were also Wooden Award All-Americans a year ago are denoted with an * below. For more information please visit www.WoodenAward.com.

The 2002-03 John R. WoodenPreseason All-America Team

Mario Austin6'9"Jr.F/CMississippi State Marcus Bailey6'5"Sr.G/FWyomingTroy Bell6'1"Sr.GBoston CollegeSteve Blake6'3"Sr.GMarylandKeith Bogans6'5"Sr.GKentuckyMatt Bonner6'10"Sr.FFloridaNick Collison6'9"Sr.FKansasBrian Cook6'10"Sr.FIllinoisTom Coverdale6'2"Sr.GIndianaWillie Deane6'1"Sr.GPurdueErwin Dudley6'8"Sr.FAlabamaChris Duhon6'1"Jr.GDukeCarl English6'5"Jr.G/FHawaiiEbi Ere 6'5"Sr.GOklahomaT.J. Ford5'10"So.GTexasReece Gaines6'6"Sr.GLouisvilleJason Gardner5'11"Sr.GArizonaMarcus Hatten6'1"Sr.GSt. John'sJarvis Hayes6'6"Jr.G/FGeorgiaChris Hill6'3"So.GMichigan StateKirk Hinrich6'3"Sr.GKansasJosh Howard6'6"Sr.FWake ForestBrandonHunter6'7"Sr.FOhioLuke Jackson6'7"Jr.GOregonBrittonJohnsen6'9"Sr.GUtahDahntayJones6'6"Sr.FDukeJason Kapono6'7"Sr.FUCLABrandinKnight6'0"Sr.GPittsburghChris Marcus7'1"Sr.C/FWestern KentuckyJason Maxiel6'7"So.FCincinnatiBrett Nelson6'3"Sr.GFloridaJameer Nelson6'1"Jr.GSt. Joseph'sEmeka Okafor6'9"Jr.F/CConnecticutUgonna Onyekwe6'8"Sr.FPennsylvaniaRickey Paulding6'5"Jr.GMissouriKirk Penney6'5"Sr.GWisconsinHollis Price6'1"Sr.GOklahomaJustin Reed6'8"Jr.FMississippiDarius Rice6'10"Jr.FMiamiLuke Ridnour6'2"Jr.GOregonRomain Sato6'5"Jr.G/FXavierTheron Smith6'8"Sr.FBall StateMike Sweetney6'8"Jr.FGeorgetownChris Thomas6'1"So.GNotre DameJames Thomas6'8"Jr.CTexasCory Violette6'8"Jr.F/CGonzagaDwyane Wade6'4"Jr.GMarquetteLuke Walton *6'8"Sr.FArizonaTravis Watson6'8"Sr.F/CVirginiaDavid West6'8"Sr.F/CXavier

* Indicates player was a 2001-02John R. Wooden Award All-American.