March 6, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma's Eduardo Najera was one of 22 players selected to the 2000 John R. Wooden Award ballot today. The Wooden Award will be presented to the college basketball player of the year in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday, April 7. The 10-player Wooden All-America team will be announced on Tuesday, March 28.

A first-team All-Big 12 selection, Najera is the conference's second-leading scorer (18.5 ppg) and rebounder (9.5 rpg), and averages 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per outing. He led the conference with 10.3 rebounds per game in league contests. The Chihuahua, Mexico, native has produced 13 double-doubles this season and has led the team in both scoring and rebounding in the same game 11 times. Najera has started in 61 consecutive games and ranks eighth in career scoring at OU, fifth in rebounding, fourth in steals and sixth in blocked shots.

Najera and his Sooner teammates will play their first game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament this Friday at approximately 8:20 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo. OU, ranked 15th in the AP poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today version, owns a 24-5 overall record and tied for third in the conference race with Oklahoma State at 12-4.

2000 John R. Wooden Award Ballot
Courtney Alexander (Fresno State)
Shane Battier (Duke)
Chris Carrawell (Duke)
Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State)
Khalid El-Amin (Connecticut)
Marcus Fizer (Iowa State)
A.J. Guyton (Indiana)
Tony Harris (Tennessee)
Eddie House (Arizona State)
Dan Langhi (Vanderbilt)
Mark Madsen (Stanford)
Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati)
Desmond Mason (Oklahoma State)
Chris Mihm (Texas)
Troy Murphy (Notre Dame)
Eduardo Najera (Oklahoma)
Scoonie Penn (Ohio State)
Morris Peterson (Michigan State)
Chris Porter (Auburn)
Quentin Richardson (DePaul)
Etan Thomas (Syracuse)
Michael Wright (Arizona)