ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Dan Wolken of The (Memphis)
Commercial Appeal has been named the recipient of the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association's Rising Star Award, announced today. The
award, in its first year, allows the USBWA to recognize top young
talent covering the sport of college basketball. Nominees must be
USBWA members under the age of 30.
"Dan is a most worthy winner among an outstanding group of candidates,"
said John Akers, the USBWA's Third Vice-President. "Since this is
our first Rising Star Award, this group was similar to an inaugural
Hall of Fame class."
Wolken has covered the University of Memphis Tigers for The Commercial
Appeal since 2006 and also worked for nearly five years at The (Colorado
Springs) Gazette on a variety of beats. He chronicled the final
three years of the John Calipari era, from its highest highs (the
Tigers' 2008 run to the national championship game) to its lowest
lows (Memphis vacating 38 victories and its 2008 Final Four by the
NCAA Committee on Infractions). Despite the school's campaign to
keep its NCAA problems secret, Wolken was the first to report that
Memphis was accused of major violations during the 2007-08 season.
He also hosts a daily radio show.
In addition to Wolken, three finalists were selected: J. Brady
McCollough of The Kansas City Star, Brendan F. Quinn of Basketball
Times and Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated. Wolken will receive a
plaque at the 2010 USBWA Awards Breakfast, which will be held on
Friday, April 2 at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis. The finalists
will receive certificates of achievement.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57
season. For more information on the Rising Star Award, contact John
Akers at 704-849-8627. For more information about the USBWA and
its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch