Feb. 3, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma senior guard Hollis Price was one of five Big 12 men's basketball players on the list of 30 John R. Wooden Award candidates released by the Wooden Award Committee on Sunday. The Wooden Award goes to the nation's best player who also proves he is making progress toward graduation. The award's committee trimmed the list to 30 names from its original 50.

Price is averaging 19.2 points per game to rank second in the Big 12 Conference, and also averages 2.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. The New Orleans, La., native averages 2.7 three-pointers per contest and is shooting .398 from beyond the arc, while his .936 free throw mark leads the league. In Big 12 games, Price leads the league by averaging 20.3 points per outing, ranks second with 3.4 treys per game, ranks fourth with his .453 three-point percentage and ranks first with his .966 free throw percentage. He has made 47 of his last 48 free throw attempts.

Price, who stands ninth on OU's all-time scoring list with 1,554 points, currently rates as the school's best career free throw shooter (.853) and is on pace to obliterate the single-season free throw shooting record (.867 by John Ontjes in 1993-94).

Big 12 players joining Price on the list of 30 Wooden Award candidates are Kansas' Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich, Texas' T.J. Ford and Texas Tech's Andre Emmett.

The Wooden Award ceremony will take place on April 12 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 Candidates
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse
Mario Austin, Mississippi State
Steve Blake, Maryland
Keith Bogans, Kentucky
Matt Bonner, Florida
Nick Collison, Kansas
Brian Cook, Illinois
Erwin Dudley, Alabama
Chris Duhon, Duke
Andre Emmett, Texas Tech
T.J. Ford, Texas
Reece Gaines, Louisville
Jason Gardner, Arizona
Marcus Hatten, St. John's
Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
Kirk Hinrich, Kansas
Josh Howard, Wake Forest
Brandin Knight, Pittsburgh
Kyle Korver, Creighton
Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's
Emeka Okafor, Connecticut
Hollis Price, Oklahoma
Darius Rice, Miami (Fla.)
Luke Ridnour, Oregon
Mike Sweetney, Georgetown
Chris Thomas, Notre Dame
Dwyane Wade, Marquette
Luke Walton, Arizona
David West, Xavier
Bracey Wright, Indiana