USBWAUnited States Basketball Writers Association
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At the breakfast celebration, the USBWA will present the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award.
This year's finalists, which also constitute the 1999 USBWA All-America first team, are Elton Brand from Duke University, Mateen Cleaves from Michigan State University, Richard Hamilton from the University of Connecticut, Andre Miller from the University of Utah and Jason Terry from the University of Arizona.
This year's USBWA All-America second team consists of Evan Eschmeyer from Northwestern University, Steve Francis from the University of Maryland, Trajan Langdon from Duke University, Wally Szczerbiak from Miami University (Ohio), Chris Porter from Auburn University and Scoonie Penn from Ohio State University.
Gooden, who scored a game and career-high 31 points against Ball State this season, has earned first team All-America recognition this season from the NABC, AP and the USBWA.
CONTACT: Joe Mitch of USBWA, 206-728-1000 or 314-421-0339; or Christie Holtz of Coors, 303-277-6894/
His awards include : 1997 and 1998 First Team All-Pac 10 Conference; 1998 AP Third Team All-American; and he was a 1998 USBWA Player of the Year Finalist.