March 10, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - Today marks the first day of men's basketball postseason award announcements and if future recognition is as plentiful for Oklahoma as it was today, then the Sooners will receive a wealth of acclaim this year. Hollis Price, Quannas White, De'Angelo Alexander and Kevin Bookout were all honored by being named to various All-Big 12 specialty teams today.
Price, a candidate for Big 12 and national player of the year, was named to the conference's All-Defense Team today. The lightning quick senior guard closed out the regular season with five steals against Texas and ranks 12th in the league with 1.6 steals per outing.
An extremely dependable senior point guard, White appears on the Big 12's All-Underrated Team. He averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in conference play and led the Big 12 with a .519 three-point field goal percentage in league action. He is shooting .585 (24-for-41) from beyond the arc over the last 10 games. White, who like Price is from New Orleans (site of this year's Final Four), ranks second in the league with a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has led OU in assists in nine of the last 10 games.
Alexander, a freshman guard, elevated his game the last half of the Big 12 season and was named to the All-Reserve Team. The 6-4 Midwest City product has come off the bench in 23 of 27 games this year and is averaging 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Over the last nine contests, however, he is averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Over the last three games, his numbers are 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
One of the most productive freshmen in OU history, Bookout was named to the All-Freshman Team. The 6-8, 260-pound forward is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest while pacing the conference with a .573 field goal mark. In league games, he averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 boards while shooting a Big 12-best 579 from the field. Bookout became just the second freshman under Kelvin Sampson to start the first game of a season (Prince Fowler was the other in 1994-95).
Oklahoma, 21-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big 12, is the No. 3 seed in the 2003 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament to be played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Sooners earned a first-round bye and will play Friday at 8:20 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's Colorado (6th seed) versus Kansas State (11th seed) game.