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Aug. 2, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – University of Virginia forward/center Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.) has been named to the 50-member 2002-03 Wooden Award Preseason All-America Basketball Team. The preseason team was selected in a poll conducted of the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Selection Committee.

The 6-8 Watson will be a senior at Virginia this fall. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in four statistical categories in 2001-02. He led the ACC in rebounding (272, 9.7 rpg.), double-doubles (17), offensive rebounds (3.43 pg.) and defensive rebounds (6.29 pg.). Watson, who averaged 14.1 points a game last season, also ranked fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (149-284, 52.5 percent) and tied for tenth in blocked shots (26, 0.93 pg.).

He was a second-team All-ACC selection last season and was named to the 2001-02 United States Basketball Writers Association All-District 3 Team. He was also a second-team selection to the 2002 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District 5 Team.

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