Jan. 20, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma freshman forward Kevin Bookout was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, the league office announced today. Bookout averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds last week in road games against Oklahoma State and Iowa State. That makes three straight weeks a Sooner has earned the conference's player or rookie of the week honor (Ebi Ere was named player of the week Jan. 6 and Hollis Price was player of the week Jan. 13).

Against Oklahoma State, Bookout recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 14 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds. It marked the first game that Price or Ere did not lead the Sooners in scoring this year. At Iowa State, the Stroud, Okla., product scored 16 points, one shy of his career high, on 6-for-7 shooting and hauled in five rebounds. He was 13-for-18 (.722) from the field in the two games.

Bookout, who has started all 14 games this year, ranks third on the team in scoring with his 9.1 points per game and second with his 5.9 rebounds. He leads the squad and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with his .576 field goal percentage. In league games, he is averaging 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds, and is shooting .615 from the floor.

Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech tonight at 8 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN. A limited number of upper-level tickets are still available for $20 each.