For the first time in school history, the University’s basketball team has two preseason All-Americans. David West, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, and Romain Sato, a 6-5 junior guard, were named to the 2002-03 Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team—a list of 50 players who are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most coveted trophy.
The duo, who are considered one of the best inside-outside combinations in the nation, were also named to the preseason “Top 50” list by foxsports.com.
West, who made a host of all-American teams last season and is the two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, averaged 18.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last year.
Sato distinguished himself as one of the best defenders and most diverse and potent offensive weapons in college basketball. Last year, he averaged 16.1 points per game, second only to West.