Oct. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Gonzaga University men's basketball junior forward Elias Harris has been named to the Preseason Top 50 list for the John R. Wooden Awards, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.
It's the second straight year Harris has been on the preseason list which was chosen by a poll of national college basketball media.
Harris averaged 12.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg while starting 33 of 34 appearances last year for the Bulldogs who advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round. Slowed early in the season with a sore shoulder, he busted out for 19 points against Marquette University in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBS Classic consolation game in Kansas City, Mo. He scored 19 points in back-to-back games, including at the University of Notre Dame. Harris had three double-doubles - 13/11 against Xavier University, 14/10 against Loyola Marymount University and 15/11 at Pepperdine University.
He scored a season-high 22 points mid-way through the season at home against Oklahoma State University, one of his 23 double-digit scoring nights. In the NCAA Tournament Second Round against St. John's University he scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists. He came back to score 18 points and haul in eight rebounds in a loss to BYU. He averaged 16.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and went 13-for-20 from the field for 65.0 percent in the NCAA Tournament.
Harris was named West Coast Conference honorable mention.
The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony April 6-8, 2012, will honor the men's and women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America teams and the Legends of Coaching award.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list. The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the mid-season list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students. The national ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.