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April 27, 1999


Brisbane, Australia -- Former Kansas University guard Steve Woodberry of the Brisbane Bullets has been named Most Valuable Player of Australia's National Basketball League.

Woodberry, a 1994 KU graduate, averaged 27.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals last season. He hit 50.1 percent of his shots from the floor and 41.8 percent of his three-pointers.

Woodberry won the honor by a whopping 18 votes over 1993 winner Robert Rose of the Townsville Crocodiles.

Overall, Woodberry was second in the league in scoring, fifth in steals, sixth in assists.

He is just the third Bullet to claim the MVP Award, joining three-time winner Leroy Loggins and Derek Rucker as Brisbane's winners.

This season's victory in the award marks the fourth consecutive year that Woodberry has ranked among the top five vote getters, having finished fourth last season and fifth in the two previous campaigns. Woodberry is the 14th player to have won the Most Valuable Player Award and joins Rose, Andrew Gaze, Scott Fisher and Derek Rucker as winners in the 1990's.

C.J. Bruton, the NBL's Most Improved Player in 1998-99, was third in the voting. Townsville's Sam Mackinnon finished one vote behind Bruton in fourth place, with Canberra's Melvin Thomas fifth.

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