Martin Zeno Named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Candidates List

Senior Martin Zeno (Sulphur, Louisiana) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List.

Senior Martin Zeno (Sulphur, Louisiana) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List.
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Oct. 25, 2007

LUBBOCK, Texas - The top 50 preseason candidates for the Men's 2007-2008 John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award, were announced yesterday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. The Award is named for the three-time college basketball All American, 1932 Player of the Year and ten-time national championship coach at UCLA.

Red Raider senior guard Martin Zeno was among those named to the Wooden Award list. Last season, Martin averaged 16.6 points per game and was ninth in scoring in the Big 12 Conference. He started 33 of 34 games as a junior and has started 90 of 99 games in his three seasons as a Red Raider. The Sulphur, Louisiana native led the Red Raiders in rebounding (5.3), FG percentage (.495), FT percentage (.791), and assists (109) for the 2006-2007 season. Martin is currently 17th among Texas Tech's career scoring leaders with 1,416 points.

"The committee had a tough time deciding on just 50 candidates, with so many returning talented players across the country," said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. "Some teams even had several worthy candidates. Our team at the John R. Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation compete against each other all season, as they vie to be named college basketball's player of the year."

The list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 50 candidates are comprised of returning players. Transfers, freshmen, and medical redshirts are not eligible for this preseason list, but will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason Top 30 list and the National Ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason top 30 and ballot. Last year, Kevin Durant of the University of Texas was the first freshman to win the Wooden Award.



A total of 16 NCAA conferences are represented. The Pac-10 leads the way with 10 Wooden Award All American team candidates. Other conferences include the Big East (eight players), the ACC (seven players), the Big 12 (six players), the SEC (five players), the Big Ten (two players), the Sun Belt (two players), Western Athletic (two players), Conference USA (one player), Southern Conference (one player), the Sun Belt (one player), the Horizon League (one player), the Colonial Athletic Association (one player), the Big South (one player), West Coast (one player) and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (one player).

Visit www.WoodenAward.com for a complete listing of the 50 candidates. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact 213-630-5231 or via email at lindreid@aol.com/woodenaward@laac.net.

The Red Raiders open their 2007-2008 campaign on Saturday, November 10, against UC Riverside at 1:00 PM at the United Spirit Arena.

To become a season ticket holder or to purchase tickets for Men's Basketball games at the United Spirit Arena, please call (888) GO-BIG-12 or (806) 742-TECH or stop by the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office in the north end of Jones AT&T Stadium.


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