English nominated for Wooden Award; Burke hired to replace Rigot
By Danny Cup Choy
Tuesday, August 6 2002
University of Hawaii basketball player Carl English has been nominated for the John Wooden Award, an honor that is given to the best player in college basketball. English, who averaged 15.5 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore, is back to lead the basketball ‘Bows in their pursuit of a third straight WAC championship.
"This is great exposure for our team," Coach Jackson Wheeler told RSN. "It is great for our team and it is great for the WAC. It shows that we (Hawaii) have one of the better teams in the country. Any exposure for this team is great, because we are often passed over. AC Carter has been nominated, Savo has been nominated, and now English. It's only been a positive experience."
The team has also announced the hiring of Bob Burke, the man who will replace the Kentucky-bound Scott Rigot. Burke joins the team with a wealth of experience, compiling a 447-239 record through the 2000-2001 season. Burke has been a head coach for over 20 years. His credentials are very strong, and he is known to be a tough, fair coach who has earned the respect of the coaches and players who he has come into contact with.
While Coach Wheeler told RSN that he does not have enough knowledge on Burke to make any statement about his coaching abilities, Wheeler did say he was "excited to have him in the program. It is a great time for him to join. I am glad that he is with us and we hope that he will help us to remain at the top."