John R. Wooden Award Reveals 2016-17 Midseason Top 25



John R. Wooden Award Reveals 2016-17 Midseason Top 25

John R. Wooden Award® Reveals Midseason Top 25

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 11, 2017) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® 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, one player not on the Preseason Top 30 was named to the Midseason Top 25: Napheesa Collier of Connecticut. Four schools have multiple selections that were chosen: Baylor (Nina Davis and Alexis Jones), Connecticut (Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse, and Katie Lou Samuelson), Notre Dame (Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner) and South Carolina (Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson). Of the 25 student-athletes on the list, 14 are seniors and 21 are upperclassmen with no freshman making the list.

The ACC leads all conferences with six selections, followed by the Pac-12 with five, the Big Ten and SEC with four each, The American with three, the Big 12 with two and the Big East with one selection.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award. 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

Lindsay Allen

Notre Dame

ACC

5-8

Sr.

G

Kristine Anigwe

California

Pac-12

6-4

Soph.

C/F

Jordin Canada

UCLA

Pac-12

5-6

Jr.

G

Alaina Coates

South Carolina

SEC

6-4

Sr.

C

Nia Coffey

Northwestern

Big Ten

6-1

Sr.

F

Napheesa Collier

Connecticut

The American

6-1

Soph.

F

Nina Davis

Baylor

Big 12

5-11

Sr.

F

Asia Durr

Louisville

ACC

5-10

Soph.

G

Makayla Epps

Kentucky

SEC

5-10

Sr.

G

Rebecca Greenwell

Duke

ACC

6-1

Jr.

G

Jessica January

DePaul

Big East

5-7

Sr.

G

Alexis Jones

Baylor

Big 12

5-9

Sr.

G

Brionna Jones

Maryland

Big Ten

6-3

Sr.

C

Erica McCall

Stanford

Pac-12

6-3

Sr.

F

Kelsey Mitchell#

Ohio State

Big Ten

5-8

Jr.

G

Kia Nurse

Connecticut

The American

6-0

Jr.

G

Alexis Peterson

Syracuse

ACC

5-7

Sr.

G

Kelsey Plum

Washington

Pac-12

5-8

Sr.

G

Leticia Romero

Florida State

ACC

5-8

Sr.

G

Katie Lou Samuelson

Connecticut

The American

6-3

Soph.

G/F

Brianna Turner

Notre Dame

ACC

6-3

Jr.

F

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State

SEC

6-1

Jr.

G

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Maryland

Big Ten

5-11

Sr.

G

Sydney Wiese

Oregon State

Pac-12

6-1

Sr.

G

A'ja Wilson#

South Carolina

SEC

6-5

Jr.

F

 # indicates player selected to the 2015-16 Wooden Award All-American Team


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  • commented 2017-02-23 17:44:04 -0800
    It appears likely that UCONN will win another national Championship. This may not be popular -HOWEVER four of these players are HIGHLY talented Look at results vs other HIGH ranked players !
  • commented 2017-02-23 17:33:25 -0800
    UCONN has 4 players that MUST be on this List If most of these players were to goagainst UCONN they would look Normal !!! Look at South Carolina !!
  • commented 2017-01-13 00:42:50 -0800
    Where is Tyra Buss (IU) at on this list? It’s not legit until she’s on it folk’s so best add her name on this list of else risk being taken for anything else short of being seriously legit.
  • commented 2017-01-12 19:20:05 -0800
    Where are CT Gabby Williams, OHS S. Mavunga and BU K.Brown?
  • commented 2017-01-12 08:49:49 -0800
    Gabby Williams deserves being on the list. Is there something about not having four from one team?
  • commented 2017-01-12 07:06:20 -0800
    Gabby Williams leads the team in rebounds, assists, and steals. 2nd in blocks and FG percentage. She is the best defensive player on the team. This award has lost all credibility because of this oversight. It doesn’t matter who wins it now. You can’t offer any fair and objective argument thinking that Gabby isn’t the MVP on the UCONN Huskies. She is. I haven’t missed one game this season. IF she is the MVP , then how do the other three Huskies make the cut and not Gabby?
  • commented 2017-01-11 21:20:05 -0800
    Gabby Williams need to be on this list

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