Former Hawkeye Andre Woolridge to be honored

BY DI STAFF | JULY 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa basketball star Andre Woolridge will be inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, according to a release.

Woolridge, a native of Omaha, played three seasons for the Hawkeyes in the 1990s after spending his freshman campaign at Nebraska. He ended his Iowa career as the school's all-time assist leader, with 575. He has since been passed by Jeff Horner.

The 6-0 point guard averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists per game as a senior in 1996-97, a season in which he was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press and became the first player to ever lead the Big Ten in both scoring and assists in the same year.

Iowa's ninth-leading scorer, with 1,525 career points, wasn't picked in the 1997 NBA draft. Instead, the now-37-year-old Woolridge played professionally in France, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. He participated in the Denver Nuggets' training camp in 2000 but didn't make the team's final roster.

"The Iowa basketball program would like to congratulate Andre Woolridge for this well-deserved honor," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a release. "Andre had phenomenal success … and cemented himself as one of Iowa's all-time great point guards."

Wooldridge's induction will take place on Saturday at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club.

— by Seth Roberts

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