Freshmen Greg Oden of Ohio State and Kevin Durant of Texas are among the five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to college basketball's outstanding player.

Others invited for the April 7 presentation at the Los Angeles Athletic Club are North Carolina sophomore Tyler Hansbrough, Texas A&M senior Acie Law IV, and Wisconsin senior Alando Tucker.

Also honored yesterday as Wooden all-Americans were UCLA junior Arron Afflalo, Oregon senior Aaron Brooks, Nevada senior Nick Fazekas, Florida junior Joakim Noah, and Kansas sophomore Brandon Rush.

The award ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club will include the presentation of the men's and women's Wooden Award, the all-American teams, and the Legends of Coaching award to former Purdue coach Gene Keady.

The top five women's finalists also will be invited.

The Wooden Award was created in 1976 - a year after the retirement of the former UCLA coach, who guided the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span. Among the previous male winners were Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan.

Recruit reconsiders Iowa. Coach Steve Alford's move to New Mexico might cost Iowa a basketball recruit for next season. Jake Kelly, a 6-foot-6 senior at Carmel High School in Indiana, said he might ask to be released from his letter of intent to attend Iowa so he can join Alford with the Lobos.

He said he would make a decision after Iowa names a new coach.

Lowe asks for understanding. North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe asked Wolfpack fans for "support and understanding" after his son was charged with crimes including armed robbery and drug possession.

"This is a difficult time for my son, myself and my family," Lowe said in a statement issued by the school. "We appreciate the support and understanding of the Wolfpack family."

On Tuesday, police at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro said 21-year-old Sidney R. Lowe Jr. was charged with nine counts, including a felony of aiding and abetting attempted armed robbery, in connection with the shooting of a man in a campus dorm Saturday.

Lowe, who insists he is innocent, turned himself in at the Guilford County Magistrate's Office on Tuesday. Campus police said Lowe was released on a $450,000 secured bond.

Ruland bought out. Iona has agreed to buy out the final two years of men's basketball coach Jeff Ruland's contract.

Ruland, a former NBA all-star, led the Gaels to three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and three NCAA tournament berths in his nine-year tenure as head coach but finished 2-20 this season.

Ruland played in 332 games in the NBA from 1981 to 1987 with Washington and the 76ers.

Felton is extended. Georgia gave coach Dennis Felton a two-year contract extension and a small raise. The extension gives Felton a four-year contract worth $760,000 annually, an increase of $50,000.

Georgia finished 19-14 overall and 8-8 in the Southeastern Conference. It was Georgia's best season since 2003, when the Bulldogs went 19-8 but pulled out of the postseason after the disclosure of academic fraud and improper benefits to student-athletes.

The NCAA violations cost coach Jim Harrick his job and have forced Felton to rebuild the program under scholarship sanctions. Georgia finished 8-20 two seasons ago and improved to 15-15 last year.

Bennett stays. Tony Bennett is staying with Washington State, ending speculation that he might jump to another school after one successful season as Cougars head coach.

Bennett led Washington State to its best season in 60 years - the Cougars went 26-8 and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Bennett succeeded his father this season after Dick Bennett spent three years rebuilding one of the most downtrodden major conference programs in the nation.

The Cougars had not had a winning season since 1995-96.

Quinnipiac names coach. Connecticut assistant coach Tom Moore is leaving to become head coach at Quinnipiac, the Associated Press said.

Moore, 41, joined Jim Calhoun's staff in 1994 and is his top recruiter. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2005-06 season.

During Moore's time with Calhoun, the Huskies won both their national championships.

He will replace Joe DeSantis, who left after 11 years as the Bobcats' head coach. He had a 118-188 record and finished this season 14-15.

Arkansas aims at Gillispie. The chairman of the University of Arkansas board of trustees said the school was waiting to hear from Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie about the Razorbacks' opening.

Stanley Reed said Gillispie was a candidate for the job, but he said others were in the running for the post that became open Monday when athletic director Frank Broyles fired Stan Heath after five years.

Broyles said Tuesday that he had made an offer but wouldn't say to whom. "We could have a quick announcement . . . or it could fall through. I've offered the job, and we're waiting to hear."

Gillispie, 47, took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament's third round this year. He has been at Texas A&M for three seasons, going 70-26 with a team that was 7-21 the season before he arrived.

Gillispie also coached at Texas-El Paso from 2002 to '04, going 6-24 in 2002-03 and 24-8 the next season.

The Houston Chronicle reported yesterday on its Web site that Gillispie would stay at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M spokesman Alan Cannon said athletic director Bill Byrne had no comment on Gillispie and Arkansas.

Heath led Kent State to the round of eight in the NCAA tournament in 2002, then took over at Arkansas that off-season after Nolan Richardson was fired. The Razorbacks missed the tournament in Heath's first three seasons but made it in 2006 and 2007, only to lose in the first round both years, to Bucknell last year and Southern California this year.