Dean A Preseason Candidate for Wooden All-America

Senior guard hit a school-record 122 three-pointer's last season.

University of Louisville senior guard Taquan Dean has been named as one of the top 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-America team. Dean is one of nine BIG EAST Conference players cited on the list, more than any other league.

The candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason top 30 list and the National Ballot. In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason top 30 on CBS Sports, and on Tuesday, March 28, the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced. The 2006 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 8, 2006, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.

U of L's Francisco Garcia, a first round pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 2005 NBA Draft, was honored on the Wooden Award All-America team last season.

An NABC All-District 7 and All-Conference USA selection last season, the 6-3 senior guard averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists last year despite playing about two months of the season with mononucleosis. His 122 three-point goals set a new Louisville single season record while shooting 44.7 percent from three-point range (122-of-273), ninth best in the nation.

"Taquan is as good of a shooter and player as there is in college basketball," said Pitino. "He's been a big part of our success for the last three years and is certainly worthy of being a preseason college All-American based on what he's accomplished."

Usually at his best in big games, Dean was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament and Billy Minardi Classic and was honored on the all-tournament teams of the NCAA Albuquerque Region and the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The three-time captain will open his senior year with 1,118 career points, within reach of the Cardinals' all-time scoring top ten.

The preseason candidates for the Wooden Award All-America team, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

2005-06 Wooden Award Preseason
All-American Team - Top 50 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Player           Height Class Position  School
Hassan Adams     6'4"   Sr.   Guard    Arizona
Maurice Ager      6'5"   Sr.   Guard    Michigan State
Josh Boone        6'10"  Jr.   Forward  Connecticut
Brandon Bowman    6'8"   Sr.   Forward  Georgetown
Ronnie Brewer     6'7"   Jr.   Guard    Arkansas
Aaron Brooks      6'0"   Jr.   Guard    Oregon
Dee Brown         5'11"  Sr.   Guard    Illinois
Nick Caner-Medley 6'8"   Sr.   Forward  Maryland
Rodney Carney     6'7"   Sr.   Forward  Memphis
Mardy Collins     6'6"   Sr.   Guard    Temple
JamesOn Curry     6'3"   So.   Guard    Oklahoma State
Chuck Davis       6'7"   Sr.   Forward  Alabama
Glen Davis        6'9"   So.   Forward  LSU
Paul Davis        6'11"  Sr.   Center   Michigan State
Taquan Dean       6'3"   Sr.   Guard    Louisville
Guillermo Diaz    6'2"   Jr.   Guard    Miami
Jared Dudley      6'7"   Jr.   Forward  Boston College
Jordan Farmar     6'2"   So.   Guard    UCLA
Nick Fazekas      6'11"  Jr.   Forward  Nevada
Daniel Gibson     6'2"   So.   Guard    Texas
Rudy Gay          6'9"   So.   Forward  Connecticut
Justin Gray       6'2"   Sr.   Guard    Wake Forest
Taj Gray          6'9"   Sr.   Forward  Oklahoma
Vincent Grier     6'5"   Jr.   Guard    Minnesota
Dan Grunfeld      6'6"   Sr.   Guard    Stanford
Chris Hernandez   6'2"   Sr.   Guard    Stanford
Jeff Horner       6'3"   Sr.   Guard    Iowa
Jarrius Jackson   6'1"   Jr.   Guard    Texas Tech
Ben Jacobson      6'3"   Sr.   Guard    Northern Iowa
Carl Krauser      6'2"   Jr.   Guard    Pittsburgh
Nana (Pops)
  Mensah-Bonsu    6'9"   Sr.   Forward  George Washington
Paul Millsap      6'8"   Jr.   Forward  Louisiana Tech
Gerry McNamara    6'2"   Sr.   Guard    Syracuse
Adam Morrison     6'8"   Jr.   Forward  Gonzaga
Steve Novak       6'10"  Sr.   Forward  Marquette
Kevin Pittsnogle  6'11"  Sr.   Center   West Virginia
Leon Powe         6'8"   Jr.   Forward  California
J.J. Redick       6'4"   Sr.   Guard    Duke
Rajon Rondo       6'1"   So.   Guard    Kentucky
Brandon Roy       6'6"   Sr.   Guard    Washington
Craig Smith       6'7"   Sr.   Forward  Boston College
Steven Smith      6'7"   Sr.   Forward  LaSalle
Curtis Stinson    6'3"   Jr.   Guard    Iowa State
Curtis Sumpter    6'7"   Sr.   Forward  Villanova
Alando Tucker     6'5"   So.   Forward  Wisconsin
P.J. Tucker      6'5"   Jr.   Forward  Texas
Darius Washington 6'2"   So.   Guard    Memphis
Eric Williams    6'9"   Sr.   Center   Wake Forest
Sheldon Williams  6'9"   Sr.   Forward  Duke
Curtis Withers   6'8"   Sr.   Forward  Charlotte

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