Kansas University's Lynn Pride and Eric Chenowith have been named to the list of candidates for the 1999-2000 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Awards, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
Chenowith, a 7-footer from Villa Park, Calif., led the Jayhawks in scoring (13.5), rebounding (9.5) and blocked shots (2.4) last season as well as field goals (165), field goals attempted (368), free throws (113) and free throws attempted (153).
A 1999 honorable mention All-America selection, Chenowith already has been named to the 10-man Playboy Preseason All-America Team. He is one of just two players from the Big 12 Conference on the 30-man Naismith preseason list.
"This is nice recognition for Eric, who has worked hard," KU coach Roy Williams said. "With more hard work, he has a chance to win numerous individual postseason awards."
Pride, 6-2 from Arlington, Texas, is a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection. She led KU in scoring (17.1), rebounds (7.2), steals (2.7), blocked shots (0.7) and minutes played (33.7 mpg) a year ago.
This past summer, Pride was selected as one of only two collegians to play for the 1999 USA Pan American Games Team. Pride started six games for Team USA, averaging 12.9 points per game and a team best 7.0 rebounds per game.
"There is no question in my mind that Lynn Pride is one of the elite players in the country," KU coach Marian Washington said. "She has unbelievable athleticism. She plays hard on both ends of the floor."
The candidates were selected by a vote of the Naismith Awards National Advisory Board of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators.
No commitment from Reiner: Jared Reiner, 6-10 from Tripp, S.D., did not commit to Iowa after last weekend's campus visit. His mother told Insider's Report he liked everything about the school, but wants to make additional visits.
His in-home visit with KU will be next Tuesday. He will meet with coaches from Illinois on Thursday, Iowa on Saturday and Notre Dame on Sunday. He'll also meet with coaches from Utah and UConn next week. As a junior, Reiner averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per contest.
The Sporting News has ranked Kansas 25th in the country in the magazine's exclusive "on-field, off field" ranking of 112 college athletic departments. Nebraska, ranked ninth, was the only Big 12 school to be ranked higher than KU.
The magazine's study focuses on men's basketball and football over the past four seasons.
KU received an A- in the category "Do We Win?" -- the record of the football and basketball programs the past four seasons.
KU received C-plus in the "Do We Graduate?" category, tracking graduation rates of the school's most current four-year average.
KU received a B-plus in "Do We Rock?" category, based on attendance, size of the athletic budget and total number of men's and women's teams.
KU notched a C-plus in the "Do We Play Fair?" category. This looks at gender equity and NCAA probations.
Missouri was ranked 43rd and Kansas State 57th.