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    April 16, 1998

    Evan Eschmeyer Named Finalist For The Prestigious Chip Hilton Award

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Northwestern All-America candidate Evan Eschmeyer (New Knoxville, Ohio/New Knoxville) is one of seven top Division I male basketball players in the country to have been named a finalist for the prestigious Chip Hilton Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This award is given to a player who has demonstrated personal character both on and off the court similar to the fictional Chip Hilton character depicted by Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee in the classic Chip Hilton Sports Series.

    The seven finalists include Eschmeyer, Hassan Booker (Navy), Anthony Boone (Mississippi), Pat Garrity (Notre Dame), Raef LaFrentz (Kansas), Nathan Smith (American University) and Tyrone Weeks (Massachusetts).

    The seven finalists are judged on the following criteria: athletic skill, excellence of effort, fair competition, team spirit, personal discipline, respect of University and athletic authority, personal integrity, service to others, team leadership and accountability to family, coaches and University. The Chip Hilton Award will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame's Collegiate Awards Dinner on May 16 in Springfield, Mass. Last year's inaugural winner was Tim Duncan of Wake Forest.

    The award was created by Chip Hilton Sports and the NCAA Foundation in 1996 as a way to promote positive character in the sport of basketball. The Chip Hilton fictional stories were written by Bee in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. They are presently being updated by his family, with the first four 24-book series being published this fall.

    ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE EVAN ESCHMEYER
    Northwestern University
    Center * Sr. (5) * 6-11 * 244

    "Eschmeyer is one of the best players in the country and clearly one of the best centers in the country." -- Tommy Amaker, Seton Hall Head Coach

    Eschmeyer By the Numbers

    * Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second-straight season

    * Named to the the 1997-98 USBWA All-District IV Team

    * Named as one of 25 finalists for the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Player of the Year Award

    * Finished 11th in the country in rebounding (10.7) and field goal (.610) percentage and was 13th in scoring (21.7 ppg)

    * One of only two players to finish in the top 15 in the country in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage

    * Set the Wildcat single-season scoring record with 585 points

    * Became the 22nd player in NU history to score 1,000 points; It ties the fifth-fastest 1,000-point performance in school history; Now has 1,237 points in his NU career, good for 10th place in the history books.

    * 41 consecutive double-figure scoring games dating back to the 1996-97 season

    * Scored 20 or more points in 15 games this season

    * Has 21 20-point or more outings in his career

    * Scored a career-high 37 points vs. Penn State

    * Recorded a double-double in 19 of 27 games this season and 12 of 17 conference games

    * Shot 60 percent or better in 15 contests this season

    * Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 8

    * The first-ever unanimous choice for the MVP of the NU/DePaul game (other winners include DePaul's Dave Corzine and Mark Aguire and NU's Billy McKinney)

    * Set a Welsh-Ryan Arena record for field goal percentage against the Blue Demons, shooting .923 (12-for-13) and points scored (37) against Penn State

    * Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds at Boston College and vs. Seton Hall this season

    * Holds the top (.923), fifth (.857) and seventh-best (.818) single game field goal percentage performances in NU history

    * Also was second on the NU team in assists (2.5 apg) and minutes per game (37.6 mpg)

    Despite being double and triple teamed on almost every offensive possession, Eschmeyer managed to increase his scoring average in 1997-98 by 7.6 points (from 14.1 ppg to 21.7 ppg) and improve his rebounding average by 2.6 rebounds (8.1 rpg to 10.7 rpg).

    ESCHMEYER'S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
                        Points  Rebounds    Assists     Field Goal Percentage
    Siena               23      10          1           80 percent (8-10)
    Sam Houston State   20      9           4           62 percent (8-13)   
    Md.-Eastern Shore   24      11          6           54 percent (7-13)
    Troy State          16      12          8            67 percent (6-9)
    DePaul              30      16          4           92 percent (12-13)
    Seton Hall          19      18          3           44 percent (8-18)
    Wofford             24      14          1           88 percent (7-8)
    at Boston College   26      18          1           63 percent (10-16)
    at Dayton           36      9           2           68 percent (13-19)
    at Iowa             18      3           0           46 percent (5-11)
    Minnesota           31      12          2           75 percent (9-12)
    Illinois            12      12          2           50 percent (2-4) 
    Indiana             18      10          2           57 percent (8-14)
    at Wisconsin        13      12          1           50 percent (5-10)
    at Penn State       24      8           1           64 percent (9-14)
    at Purdue           10      7           1           33 percent (3-9)
    Chicago State       20      11          2           75 percent (6-8)
    Michigan State      30      14          2           67 percent (12-18)
    at Michigan         15      8           5           67 percent (6-9)
    Penn State          37      12          4           63 percent (10-16)
    Wisconsin           26      10          1           53 percent (10-19)
    at Indiana          15      10          5           44 percent (4-9)
    at Illinois         18      11          2           46 percent (6-13)
    Ohio State          15      7           2           71 percent (5-7)
    Iowa                18      5           2           50 percent (5-10)
    at Minnesota        24      12          1           57 percent (8-14)
    vs. Minnesota *     23      10          2           67 percent (8-for-12)   
    * Big Ten Tournament
    Season and Career Highs
    Points:  37 vs. Penn State, 2/8/98
    Rebounds:  18 vs. Seton Hall, 12/13/97; at Boston College, 12/23/97
    Assists:  8 vs. Troy State, 12/2/97
    
    What They're Saying About Eschmeyer ...

    "He's certainly one of the best in the country, maybe the best."

    -- Dick Bennett, Wisconsin Head Coach

    "We tried to do everything to shut him down and nothing worked. I'm not sure we had any success."

    -- Tom Izzo, Michigan State Head Coach

    "I really, really like Eschmeyer as much as any kid I've seen play in the Big Ten. He's come out and taken what he has and done a heck of a lot with it."

    -- Bob Knight, Indiana Head Coach

    "I don't think I've ever seen a player play harder. He is so intense, so physical and so enthusiastic. I was totally impressed."

    -- Joey Meyer, WGN Radio Analyst

    "Eschmeyer is Eschmeyer. He was tough when we played him at our place, and he was tough today (on his 37-point performance). There's nobody in the league that's stopped him in the years that he's been able to be on the floor. He's a great competitor."

    -- Jerry Dunn, Penn State Head Coach