Aug. 21, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior forward Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.), a consensus All-American a year ago, is one of the Preseason Top 50 candidates for the 2000-2001 John R. Wooden All-America team. Murphy, a member of the 10-member All-America squad last season, also has been designated as one of the top 25 vote getters.
Murphy, along with senior Shane Battier of Duke, are the only two previous candidates on the current list.
In late December, the Award Committee will release a Midseason Top 30 list. The 10-member Wooden Award All-America team will be announced on March 27, 2001 with one member from that squad selected on April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation’s “Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player.” That announcement will be shown on a one-hour telecast on FOX Sports Net.
The 2001 team marks the silver anniversary (25 years) of the Wooden Award.
Murphy, the 2000 BIG EAST Player of the Year, averaged 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds as a sophomore and was Notre Dame’s first first-team consensus All-American since Adrian Dantley in 1976.