Five players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2018) The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendys® Midseason Top 25 on . The list will be featured tonight on ESPN2 at 1am ET. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sports most prestigious honor.
On the 2018 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, five players debut on the Wooden Watch™ after not being named on the Preseason Top 50: Mikal Bridges of Villanova, Tra Holder of Arizona State, Luke Maye of North Carolina, Brandon McCoy of UNLV, and Jordan Murphy of Minnesota. Four schools have two players that were chosen: Arizona (Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier), Duke (Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III), North Carolina (Joel Berry II and Luke Maye), and Villanova (Bridges and Jalen Brunson).
The ACC and Big East lead all conferences with five selections each, followed by the Big 12 and Pac-12 with four apiece; the Big Ten and SEC with two apiece; and The American, Mountain West and WCC with one selection each.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendys. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The ten-man Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendys on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nations best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (79), Michael Jordan (84), Tim Duncan (97), and last years recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4thAnnual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendys, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.
John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendys
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