John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Reveals 2016-17 Midseason Top 25



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Reveals 2016-17 Midseason Top 25

John R. Wooden Award® Presented by Wendy’s® Reveals Midseason Top 25

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 11, 2017) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 today on ESPNU. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor, based on their performances during the first half of the 2016-17 season. 

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On the 2017 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, four players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to Midseason Top 25: Luke Kennard of Duke, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Kelan Martin of Butler, and Johnathan Motley of Baylor. Five schools have two players that were chosen: Kansas (Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III), Kentucky (De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk), North Carolina (Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson), UCLA (Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf), and Wisconsin (Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes). After only two freshmen were named to the 2016 list, seven freshmen were named to the 2017 Midseason Top 25: Lonzo Ball of UCLA, De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky, Markelle Fultz of Washington, Josh Jackson of Kansas, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Lauri Markkanen of Arizona, and Malik Monk of Kentucky.

The ACC and Pac-12 lead all conferences with five selections each, followed by the Big 12 and Big Ten with four apiece; the Big East with three; the SEC with two; and the Horizon League and WCC with one selection each.  

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. 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.

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.

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Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Dwayne Bacon

Florida State

ACC

6-7

Soph.

G

Lonzo Ball

UCLA

Pac-12

6-6

Fr.

G

Joel Berry II

North Carolina

ACC

6-0

Jr.

G

Jaron Blossomgame

Clemson

ACC

6-7

Sr.

F

Dillon Brooks

Oregon

Pac-12

6-7

Jr.

F

De'Aaron Fox

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Markelle Fultz

Washington

Pac-12

6-4

Fr.

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

Josh Jackson

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G

Justin Jackson

North Carolina

ACC

6-8

Jr.

F/G

Luke Kennard

Duke

ACC

6-6

Soph.

G

TJ Leaf

UCLA

Pac-12

6-10

Fr.

F

Lauri Markkanen

Arizona

Pac-12

7-0

Fr.

F

Kelan Martin

Butler

Big East

6-7

Jr.

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

Johnathan Motley

Baylor

Big 12

6-10

Jr.

F

Alec Peters

Valparaiso

Horizon League

6-9

Sr.

F

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

Big Ten

6-9

Soph.

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 2017-01-14 18:27:05 -0800
    National College Basketball Experts? No PeterJok! Wooden Award lost all cred with me.
  • commented 2017-01-14 10:37:18 -0800
    Jok against Morris of Ia State was equally telling. As I stated earlier can understand perhaps being off the original list though that one had 50 on it I believe. Joks stats from scoring, %, Rebounds , assists , steals are all excellent. Accomplished against double teams and junk defenses concentration on him. Still he gets job done. You have to have played the game to realize what he makes look so easy is anything but. To be fully appreciated he must be watched game in and game out
  • commented 2017-01-14 10:25:39 -0800
    I’d like to hear the reasoning from the ‘experts’ to justify the exclusion of Jok. This is an individual award, not a team award. I watch a lot of Big Ten ball and Jok is an equal to Swanigan in terms of impact to a game. Maybe Jok’s 29 points in their win over Purdue (Swanigan had 17) will get the ‘experts’ to notice. Apologize for two posts on this but this is a travesty!
  • commented 2017-01-14 10:03:10 -0800
    How do you not include Peter Jok?!?! Just because Iowa isn’t ranked, doesn’t mean you can leave a player with his quality off the list! Seriously, the person below is right when they said you lose all credibility. I’m not even an Iowa fan and I know this is absurd! I literally watch their games just so I can see him play, he is the best shooter I’ve seen in over a decade.
  • commented 2017-01-14 09:06:36 -0800
    Peter. Jok.

    Peter. Friggin. Jok.

    PETER JOK!
  • commented 2017-01-14 07:23:28 -0800
    Totally agree that leaving off Peter Jok of Iowa is a travesty. What more can the guy do??? Leads the Big Ten and the Power 5 conferences in scoring, is the mentor to four starting freshman, has high assist numbers and steals. Beyond that, his attitude is terrific. This is bogus!
  • commented 2017-01-13 15:07:31 -0800
    Where is Peter Jok from Iowa? He’s only the best pure shooter in the country and # 7 scorer in the country, and as noted the top among power 5 schools.
  • commented 2017-01-13 07:32:23 -0800
    Looses all credibility without Iowa’s Peter Jok on it. Top Power 5 scorer averaging over 6 RBs per game, hitting 90% FTs and over 40% from 3pt land, second on team in steals – Had ISU Morris for lunch -

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