Aug. 2, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Hollis Price and Ebi Ere, both senior guards on the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team, are among 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team. The list was released today by the Wooden Award Preseason Selection Committee.

Price earned first-team All-Big 12 honors last year from both the media and league's coaches and was named the Big 12 Tournament MVP after directing OU to its second consecutive title. The New Orleans, La., native also earned NCAA Tournament West Regional MVP acclaim and averaged a team-high 16.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He has started in 89 career games and already ranks as the school's 22nd all-time leading scorer with 1,209 career points.

Last year's Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Ere earned honorable mention all-conference honors after averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per outing. He canned 57 three-pointers and ranked 10th in the Big 12 by shooting .802 from the free throw line. Ere scored in double figures 29 times and netted at least 20 points on nine occasions.

Other Big 12 players on the list of 50 include Kansas' Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich, Missouri's Rickey Paulding and Texas' T.J. Ford and James Thomas.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.

The 2003 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Sunday, April 13. It will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.