Saturday, March 30, 2002
Logan duked out for AP honor
The Associated Press
ATLANTA UC's Steve Logan was third behind Duke's Jason Williams and Kansas' Drew Gooden in voting for The Associated Press college basketball player of the year.
UC's Bob Huggins was fifth in voting for coach of the year.
Logan received eight votes, Williams 38 and Gooden 18 from the 72-member national panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.
Huggins got 7 votes behind Pittsburgh's Ben Howland (16), Bob Knight of Texas Tech (11), Ernie Kent of Oregon (10) and Roy Williams of Kansas (9).
Williams, the only unanimous All-America selection this season, is the second straight Duke player to be selected national player of year and the fifth Blue Devil to win the Adolph Rupp Award.
Shane Battier won last season. The other Duke players to be honored were Elton Brand in 1999, Christian Laettner in 1992 and Art Heyman in 1963.
Williams thanked his coach, Mike Krzyzewski, who missed the ceremony after undergoing hip replacement surgery on Wednesday.
Being with Coach K the past three years is the best thing I could have ever asked for, Williams said. I owe him everything.
Williams, a junior also voted to the All-America team as a sophomore, averaged 21.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the defending champion Blue Devils (31-4), ranked No. 1 for all but four weeks this season. He shot 45.7 percent from the field, including 38.3 percent from 3-point range.
Howland led the Panthers (29-6) to the most victories in school history, their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in nine years and their first berth in the round of 16 since 1974.
I think I have the greatest job in America, Howland said. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win an award like this.
Howland, who earlier this week signed a contract extension with Pittsburgh through the 2008-09 season, is 61-35 in three seasons with the Panthers, and 140-94 in eight years as a head coach. Before becoming the 13th head coach in Pitt history, Howland spent five years at Northern Arizona.
Pittsburgh, which won the Big East's West Division and lost to Connecticut in the conference tournament championship game, was eliminated by Kent State in the regional semifinals. The Panthers were ranked as high as seventh this season, their highest since being No. 5 in 1988.
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