April 14, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior guard Hollis Price, the 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year who guided the Oklahoma men's basketball team to a 27-7 overall record this season, finished third in John R. Wooden Award voting over the weekend. The Wooden Award is considered the most prestigious yearly individual honor in men's college basketball.
Texas sophomore guard T.J. Ford won the Wooden Award with 4,418 points and was followed by Xavier's David West who had 3,572 points. Price amassed 3,311 points while Kansas' Nick Collison and Marquette's Dwyane Wade were fourth and fifth with 3,264 and 2,522 points, respectively.
Wake Forest's Josh Howard was sixth in the voting and was followed by Arizona's Jason Gardner, Kansas' Kirk Hinrich, Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight and Connecticut's Emeka Okafor.
Price, a 6-1, 170-pound New Orleans native, averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per contest and led his squad to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. In Big 12 games, Price averaged 20.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per outing.
A first-team USBWA All-American, Price made 94 three-pointers this year for the third-highest single-season total in school history. His .433 season percentage ranks third in the Big 12 Conference while his .509 mark in Big 12 games ranked second. He also set a single-season school record with his .929 free throw percentage and set a career record with a four-year .861 free throw mark. Price racked up 110 wins as a Sooner, most in school history.