John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2020-21 Preseason Top 50 Watch List



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2020-21 Preseason Top 50 Watch List

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (December 1, 2020) – The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced its Preseason Top 50 Watch List 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 the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

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Several schools boast multiple players on the list: Baylor (Jared Butler and MaCio Teague), Duke (Matthew Hurt and Jalen Johnson), Gonzaga (Corey Kispert and Drew Timme), Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu), Iowa (Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp), Kentucky (Brandon Boston Jr. and Olivier Sarr), LSU (Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford), Stanford (Oscar da Silva and Ziaire Williams), Tennessee (John Fulkerson and Yves Pons), Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl), and Virginia (Kihei Clark and Sam Hauser) each have two selections on the Preseason Top 50.

Of the 50 players on the preseason list, 32 are upperclassmen, including 20 seniors. The recent trend of recognizing outstanding freshmen continues with seven named to the list: Scottie Barnes (Florida State), Boston Jr. (Kentucky), Greg Brown (Texas), Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State), Johnson (Duke), Evan Mobley (USC), Williams (Stanford).

The Preseason Top 50 represents 11 conferences. The Big Ten leads all conferences with ten selections, followed by the ACC and SEC with seven apiece, the Big 12 and PAC-12 with 6 each, the Big East with four, the Atlantic 10 and WCC with three apiece, the American with two selections, and the Mountain West and Conference USA with one selection each.

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 list are still 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 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 and ’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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John R. Wooden Award

Presented by Wendy’s

Preseason Top 50

 

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

Brandon Boston Jr.

Kentucky

SEC

6-7

Fr.

G

James Bouknight

Connecticut

Big East

6-5

So.

G

Garrison Brooks

North Carolina

ACC

6-10

Sr.

F

Greg Brown

Texas

Big 12

6-9

Fr.

F

Jared Butler

Baylor

Big 12

6-3

Jr.

G

Marcus Carr

Minnesota

Big Ten

6-2

Jr.

G

Kihei Clark

Virginia

ACC

5-9

Jr.

G

Kofi Cockburn

Illinois

Big Ten

7-0

So.

C

Jalen Crutcher

Dayton

Atlantic 10

6-1

Sr.

G

Cade Cunningham

Oklahoma State

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G

Oscar da Silva

Stanford

PAC-12

6-9

Sr.

F

Ayo Dosunmu

Illinois

Big Ten

6-5

Jr.

G

John Fulkerson

Tennessee

SEC

6-9

Sr.

F

Marcus Garrett

Kansas

Big 12

6-5

Sr.

G

Luka Garza*

Iowa

Big Ten

6-11

Sr.

C

Collin Gillespie

Villanova

Big East

6-3

Sr.

G

Kellan Grady

Davidson

Atlantic 10

6-5

Sr.

G

Ron Harper Jr.

Rutgers

Big Ten

6-6

Jr.

G/F

Sam Hauser

Virginia

ACC

6-8

Sr.

F

Joey Hauser

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-9

Jr.

F

Matthew Hurt

Duke

ACC

6-9

So.

F

Trayce Jackson-Davis

Indiana

Big Ten

6-9

So.

F

David Johnson

Louisville

ACC

6-5

So.

G

Jalen Johnson

Duke

ACC

6-9

Fr.

F

Keyontae Johnson

Florida

SEC

6-5

Jr.

F

Corey Kispert

Gonzaga

WCC

6-7

Sr.

F

Isaiah Livers

Michigan

Big Ten

6-7

Sr.

F

Remy Martin

Arizona State

PAC-12

6-0

Sr.

G

Caleb Mills

Houston

American

6-3

So.

G

Evan Mobley

USC

PAC-12

7-0

Fr.

F

Landers Nolley II

Memphis

American

6-7

So.

G

Yves Pons

Tennessee

SEC

6-6

Sr.

G/F

Neemias Queta

Utah State

Mountain West

7-0

Jr.

C

Nate Reuvers

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-11

Sr.

F

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Villanova

Big East

6-9

So.

F

Colbey Ross

Pepperdine

WCC

6-1

Sr.

G

Fatts Russell

Rhode Island

Atlantic 10

5-10

Sr.

G

Olivier Sarr

Kentucky

SEC

7-0

Sr.

F

Javonte Smart

LSU

SEC

6-4

Jr.

G

Chris Smith

UCLA

PAC-12

6-9

Sr.

G

MaCio Teague

Baylor

Big 12

6-4

Sr.

G

Drew Timme

Gonzaga

WCC

6-10

So.

F

Oscar Tshiebwe

West Virginia

Big 12

6-9

So.

F

Trendon Watford

LSU

SEC

6-9

So.

F

Joe Wieskamp

Iowa

Big Ten

6-6

Jr.

G/F

Ziaire Williams

Stanford

PAC-12

6-8

Fr.

F

McKinley Wright IV

Colorado

PAC-12

6-0

Sr.

G

Marcus Zegarowski

Creighton

Big East

6-2

Jr.

G

 

* indicates player selected as a 2019-20 Wooden Award All American


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