David West
Power Forward (Rank: #10) | 6-9, 226
Xavier
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Notes: West became Xavier's first National Player of the Year when he won the 2002-03 Rupp Trophy, which is the award given by the Associated Press its top college player. West also won the 2002-03 Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy, which is the National Player of the Year award for the USBWA (U.S. Basketball Writers Association). West was also named as the 2002-03 Basketball Times Player of the Year and finished second in the balloting for the John R. Wooden Award for player of the year.

West was named as a 2002-03 First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the USBWA, the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and the John R. Wooden Award. He was the first player in Xavier history to be named to the first team of a major All-American team and was also the recipient of the 2002-03 NABC/Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award, which is presented annually during the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention at the Final Four.

West was the first player to win three A-10 Player of the Year awards, having earned them in each of his last three years. He also was named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team for the third straight year in 2003.

As can be expected, West set numerous records during his four seasons at Xavier. West finished with 2,132 career points and grabbed 1,308 career rebounds. Only four players have reached the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound plateau over the last six years: West, Raef LaFrentz (Kansas ?98), Nick Collison (Kansas ?03) and Brandon Hunter (Ohio ?03). Xavier has only one other player in its history that has collected over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds: Tyrone Hill (1986-90) had 2,003 points and a school record 1,380 rebounds.

West was among the top five in almost every category in the Atlantic Ten: points (20.1 ppg, third), rebounding (11.8 rpg, first), field goal percentage (51.3 percent, second), free throw percentage (81.6 percent, third) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg, fourth). West tallied a school record 68 career ?double-doubles? in scoring-rebounding during his career, and had 22 double-doubles as a senior, including his 47-point, 18-rebound game against Dayton; his 25-point, 14-rebound game at Saint Joseph?s; a 28-point, 11-rebound game against Creighton, and a 20-point, 12-rebound game at Richmond.

West scored in double figures 110 times in his career and 86 of the last 87 games in his career with the only non-double figure game during that 85-game stretch being the injury-shortened nine-point game against Cincinnati on December 14, 2001. In fact, West scored in double figures in each of his last 56 games, which is the second longest streak in Xavier history. West also broke two other career school records with his 662 free throws made and 874 free throws attempted.

 

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