Anderson has been named a Top 20 finalist for the Naismith
NAMED FOR MEN’S and WOMEN'S NAISMITH COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Coca-Cola Company To Be Presenting Sponsor for 2003
(Atlanta, GA, February 19, 2003) —Jackie Bradford,
President of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, announced today the
twenty collegiate men and women finalists for the Naismith
College Basketball Player of the Year Award.
The Naismith Board of Selectors, which includes some the
country’s leading basketball coaches, journalists and
administrators, began the selection process earlier this year
and have reduced the number of finalist by balloting to the
twenty top male and female players they felt most deserving
of the award.
The winners of the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious
individual honor in college basketball, will be honored in
Atlanta on Friday, April 11, 2003.
The finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year
Award (listed alphabetically) are as follows:
Mario Austin/Mississippi State
Josh Howard/Wake Forest
Chris Thomas/Notre Dame
Kelly Mazzante/Penn State
Nicole Ohlde/Kansas State
Jocelyn Penn/South Carolina
Plenette Pierson/Texas Tech
Diana Taurasi/University of Connecticut
LaToya Thomas/Mississippi State
Kendra Wecker/Kansas State
The Coca-Cola Company will be the presenting sponsor of the
Naismith College Basketball Awards for 2003. The entitlement
complements the Company’s new 11-year NCAA partnership
as a corporate champion.
“We are proud to be associated with the most coveted
award in college basketball and such an outstanding organization,”
said Chuck Fruit, senior vice president, worldwide media and
alliances, The Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola has
always been a strong supporter of collegiate athletics.
Having the opportunity to participate in recognizing outstanding
basketball achievement is a natural extension of the values
we share with the Atlanta Tipoff Club.”
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company
and is the leading producer and marketer of soft drinks.
Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world's best-known
brand, The Coca-Cola Company markets four of the world's top
five soft drink brands, including diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite.
Through the world's largest distribution system, consumers
in nearly 200 countries enjoy The Coca-Cola Company's products
at a rate of more than 1 billion servings each day.
The Naismith Awards program, now in its 35th year, honors
the outstanding college basketball players in the United States.
The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club,
an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements
of excellence in basketball for student athletes. Please
visit our web page at for more information on the Naismith
Awards and past winners.