United States Basketball Writers Association March 16, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
Saint Joseph's sweeps player and coach of the year honors

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli was named coach of the year and Jameer Nelson player of the year Tuesday by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Martelli was chosen by the USBWA as winner of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and Nelson was selected as recipient of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the nation’s top college player.

Martelli guided Saint Joseph’s to a 27-1 regular season record and a No. 1 seed in the East Rutherford Region of the 2004 NCAA tournament. Nelson, a senior guard for the Hawks, led the team in scoring with a 20.0 average and assists with a 5.4 mark.

Nelson was also named to the USBWA all-America first team. Others selected were Emeka Okafor, Connecticut; Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State; Ryan Gomes, Providence; and Andre Emmett, Texas Tech.

Named to the USBWA second team were Josh Childress, Stanford; Devin Harris, Wisconsin; John Lucas, Oklahoma State; Julius Hodge, North Carolina State; and Blake Stepp, Gonzaga.

Jameer Nelson
St. Joseph's

5-11, 190 lbs.
Senior, Guard
Chester, Pa.
Josh Childress
6-8, 205 lbs.
Junior, Guard/Forward
Los Angeles, Calif.
Andre Emmett
Texas Tech
6-5, 225 lbs.
Senior, Guard/Forward
Dallas, Texas
Devin Harris

6-3, 195 lbs.
Junior, Guard
Milwaukee, Wis.
Ryan Gomes

6-7, 245 lbs.
Junior, Forward/Center
Waterbury, Conn.
Julius Hodge
N.C. State

6-7, 191 lbs.
Junior, Guard/Forward
New York, N.Y.
Emeka Okafor

6-9, 255 lbs.
Junior, Forward/Center
Houston, Texas
John Lucas
Oklahoma State

5-11, 152 lbs.
Junior, Guard
Houston, Texas
Lawrence Roberts
Mississippi State

6-9, 235 lbs.
Junior, Forward/Center
Houston, Texas
Blake Stepp

6-4, 192 lbs.
Senior, Guard
Eugene, Ore.
Phil Martelli
Saint Joseph's

27-1 regular-season record
Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season champions

Related Link:
2003-04 USBWA Men's All-District Teams