John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2020-21 Men's Midseason Top 25 Watch List



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2020-21 Men's Midseason Top 25 Watch List

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 6, 2021) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 Watch List today on ESPNU. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.

On the 2021 Wooden Award™ Midseason Top 25, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Derek Culver (West Virginia), Carlik Jones (Louisville), and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga). Three schools have multiple players on the list, led by Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Suggs, and Drew Timme), and followed by Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).

The Big Ten leads all conferences with six selections on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC with five, the Big East with four, the Big 12 and WCC with three selections each, the Pac-12 with two , and Conference USA and the SEC with one selection apiece. 

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to 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 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.

 

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college
basketball recognizing the Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, the Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legends of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), Breanna Stewart (’15; ’16) and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Obi Toppin of Dayton.

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.

For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Wooden Award

Presented by Wendy’s

2020-21 Midseason Top 25

 

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Scottie Barnes

Florida State

ACC

6-9

Fr.

G

Charles Bassey

Western Kentucky

Conference USA

6-11

Jr.

C

James Bouknight

Connecticut

Big East

6-5

Soph

G

Garrison Brooks

North Carolina

ACC

6-10

Sr.

F

Jared Butler

Baylor

Big 12

6-3

Jr.

G

Marcus Carr

Minnesota

Big Ten

6-2

Jr.

G

Kofi Cockburn

Illinois

Big Ten

7-0

Soph

C

Derek Culver

West Virginia

Big 12

6-10

Jr.

F

Cade Cunningham

Oklahoma State

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G

Ayo Dosunmu

Illinois

Big Ten

6-5

Jr.

G

John Fulkerson

Tennessee

SEC

6-9

Sr.

F

Luka Garza*

Iowa

Big Ten

6-11

Sr.

C

Collin Gillespie

Villanova

Big East

6-3

Sr.

G

Ron Harper Jr.

Rutgers

Big Ten

6-6

Jr.

G/F

Sam Hauser

Virginia

ACC

6-8

Sr.

F

Matthew Hurt

Duke

ACC

6-9

Soph

F

Trayce Jackson-Davis

Indiana

Big Ten

6-9

Soph

F

Carlik Jones

Louisville

ACC

6-1

Sr.

G

Corey Kispert

Gonzaga

WCC

6-7

Sr.

F

Remy Martin

Arizona State

Pac-12

6-0

Sr.

G

Evan Mobley

USC

Pac-12

7-0

Fr.

F

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Villanova

Big East

6-9

Soph

F

Jalen Suggs

Gonzaga

WCC

6-4

Fr.

G

Drew Timme

Gonzaga

WCC

6-10

Soph

F

Marcus Zegarowski

Creighton

Big East

6-2

Jr.

G

 

* indicates player selected as 2020 Wooden Award All American


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