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Wooden Award | February 4, 2019

Wooden Award announces 2018-19 Men's Late Season Top 20 Watch List

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LOS ANGELES  — The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Men's Late Season Top 20 Watch List on ESPN2. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season, the list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All American Team™.

Preseason Top 50 nominee Kyle Guy of Virginia returns to the Wooden Watch after not appearing on the Midseason Top 25. Four schools have two players chosen on the list: Duke (RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson), Nevada (Jordan Caroline and Caleb Martin), Tennessee (Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams), and Virginia (Guy and De’Andre Hunter).

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The ACC leads all conferences with five selections; followed by the Big Ten with four; the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West, and SEC with two selections apiece; and the Ohio Valley, Summit League, and WCC with one each.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2019 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s.  Players not appearing on this list are still eligible for the National Ballot, which will be announced in early March. 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 2019 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 12, 2019.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she meets or exceeds 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), and last year’s recipients, A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and Jalen Brunson of Villanova.

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.

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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.

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Virginia Tech

ACC

6-5

So.

G

RJ Barrett

Duke

ACC

6-7

Fr.

F

Ignas Brazdeikis

Michigan

Big Ten

6-7

Fr.

F

Jordan Caroline

Nevada

Mountain West

6-7

Sr.

G/F

Jarrett Culver

Texas Tech

Big 12

6-6

So.

G

Mike Daum

South Dakota State

Summit League

6-9

Sr.

F

Carsen Edwards

Purdue

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

G

Kyle Guy

Virginia

ACC

6-2

Jr.

G

Rui Hachimura

Gonzaga

WCC

6-8

Jr.

F

Ethan Happ

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-10

Sr.

F

Markus Howard

Marquette

Big East

5-11

Jr.

G

De'Andre Hunter

Virginia

ACC

6-7

So.

G

Dedric Lawson

Kansas

Big 12

6-9

Jr.

F

Caleb Martin

Nevada

Mountain West

6-7

Sr.

F

Ja Morant

Murray State

Ohio Valley

6-3

So.

G

Shamorie Ponds

St. John's

Big East

6-1

Jr.

G

Admiral Schofield

Tennessee

SEC

6-6

Sr.

G

Grant Williams

Tennessee

SEC

6-7

Jr.

F

Zion Williamson

Duke

ACC

6-7

Fr.

F

Cassius Winston

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

G

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