John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2016-17 Preseason Top 50



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2016-17 Preseason Top 50

John R. Wooden Award® Presented By Wendy’s® Announces 2016-17 Preseason Top 50

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2016) – The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced its Preseason Top 50 today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPN.com. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor.

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Returning from last year’s Wooden Award All-American Team, Duke’s Grayson Allen headlines this year’s Wooden Award Preseason Top 50. The list also highlights stars from the 2016 NCAA Tournament: Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins of NCAA National Champion Villanova; Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson of NCAA Runner-Up North Carolina; California’s Ivan Rabb; Indiana’s James Blackmon, Jr. and Thomas Bryant; Iowa’s Peter Jok; Iowa State’s Monte Morris; Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham, Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson; Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox; Maryland’s Melo Trimble; Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem; Oregon’s Chris Boucher, Dillon Brooks, and Tyler Dorsey; Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon; Virginia’s Austin Nichols and London Perrantes; Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig, Ethan Happ, and Nigel Hayes; and Xavier’s Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett.

Several universities boast multiple players on the list: Duke (Allen, Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum), Kansas (Graham, Mason III, and Josh Jackson), Kentucky (Edrice Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk) and Oregon (Boucher, Brooks, and Dorsey) lead the honors with three candidates apiece, while Indiana, North Carolina, Villanova, Virginia, and Xavier each have two players each on the Preseason Top 50.

The trend of recognizing outstanding freshmen continues with seven named to the list: Adebayo, Fox, and Monk of Kentucky; Jarrett Allen of Texas; Miles Bridges of Michigan State; Markelle Fultz of Washington; Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum of Duke; Josh Jackson of Kansas; Lauri Markkanen of Arizona; Dennis Smith, Jr. of NC State.

The Top 50 nominees represent 10 conferences. The ACC leads all conferences with 12 selections, followed by the Big Ten (10), Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (6), Big East (5), SEC (5). The Atlantic 10 Conference has two selections and the Horizon League, The American and WCC each have one selection.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award All-America Team presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for the Wooden Award midseason list, late season list and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 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.  Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee. Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2017 John R. Wooden Award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 7, 2017.

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 41st annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award® to the men’s and women’s most outstanding basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s® on ESPN2 on Friday, April 7, 2017. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2017 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy™ will be presented to Muffet McGraw, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Notre Dame. 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award® program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male and female player who have proven to their respective universities that they are making progress toward graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Candace Parker (‘07 and ‘08), Kevin Durant (‘07), Maya Moore (‘09 and ’11), Trey Burke (’13), Doug McDermott (‘14), Frank Kaminsky (’15). Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield won the 2016 men’s Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the 2016 women’s Wooden Award.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award® has contributed close to a million dollars to the general scholarship fund of the honoree’s University in the name of the All-American recipient. The Award has also enabled more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award®presentation, and brings together Special Olympics athletes and the Wooden Award All-Americans.

Fans can follow the candidates en route to the Wooden Award presentation and get the latest news by liking the Wooden Award Facebook page or following @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact Ernest Baskerville at (213) 630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Jaylen Adams

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

6-5

Jr.

G

Edrice Adebayo

Kentucky

SEC

6-10

Fr.

F

Grayson Allen

Duke

ACC

6-5

Jr.

G

Jarrett Allen

Texas

Big 12

6-11

Fr.

F

Dwayne Bacon

Florida State

ACC

6-7

Soph.

G

Lonzo Ball

UCLA

Pac-12

6-6

Fr.

G

V.J. Beachem

Notre Dame

ACC

6-8

Sr.

F

Joel Berry II

North Carolina

ACC

6-0

Jr.

G

James Blackmon, Jr.

Indiana

Big Ten

6-4

Jr.

G

Antonio Blakeney

LSU

SEC

6-4

Soph.

G

Jaron Blossomgame

Clemson

ACC

6-7

Sr.

F

Trevon Bluiett

Xavier

Big East

6-6

Jr.

G

Chris Boucher

Oregon

Pac-12

6-10

Sr.

F

Miles Bridges

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-7

Fr.

G/F

Dillon Brooks

Oregon

Pac-12

6-7

Jr.

F

Thomas Bryant

Indiana

Big Ten

6-10

Soph.

C

Tyler Dorsey

Oregon

Pac-12

6-4

Soph.

G

Jawun Evans

Oklahoma State

Big 12

6-1

Soph.

G

De'Aaron Fox

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Markelle Fultz

Washington

Pac-12

6-4

Fr.

G

Jack Gibbs

Davidson

Atlantic 10

6-0

Sr.

G

Harry Giles

Duke

ACC

6-10

Fr.

F

Devonte' Graham

Kansas

Big 12

6-2

Jr.

G

Ethan Happ

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-10

Soph.

F

Josh Hart

Villanova

Big East

6-5

Sr.

G

Nigel Hayes

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-8

Sr.

F

Malcolm Hill

Illinois

Big Ten

6-6

Sr.

G

Josh Jackson

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G

Justin Jackson

North Carolina

ACC

6-8

Jr.

F/G

Kris Jenkins

Villanova

Big East

6-6

Sr.

F

Peter Jok

Iowa

Big Ten

6-6

Sr.

G

Moses Kingsley

Arkansas

SEC

6-10

Sr.

F

Bronson Koenig

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-3

Sr.

G

Dedric Lawson

Memphis

The American

6-9

Soph.

G/F

Tyler Lydon

Syracuse

ACC

6-9

Soph.

F

Lauri Markkanen

Arizona

Pac-12

7-0

Fr.

F

Frank Mason III

Kansas

Big 12

5-11

Sr.

G

Malik Monk

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Monte Morris

Iowa State

Big 12

6-3

Sr.

G

Austin Nichols

Virginia

ACC

6-9

Jr.

F

London Perrantes

Virginia

ACC

6-2

Sr.

G

Alec Peters

Valparaiso

Horizon League

6-9

Sr.

F

Ivan Rabb

California

Pac-12

6-11

Soph.

F

Dennis Smith, Jr.

NC State

ACC

6-3

Fr.

G

Edmond Sumner

Xavier

Big East

6-6

Soph.

G

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

Big Ten

6-9

Soph.

F

Jayson Tatum

Duke

ACC

6-8

Fr.

F

Melo Trimble

Maryland

Big Ten

6-3

Jr.

G

Maurice Watson, Jr

Creighton

Big East

5-10

Sr.

G

Nigel Williams-Goss

Gonzaga

WCC

6-3

Jr.

G


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  • commented 2016-11-16 13:54:55 -0800
    Erick Mika’s 26 points and 18 boards against a very good Princeton squad makes him worthy of consideration for this very good list!

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