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Monday / November 20.
  • Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield Headline Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

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    The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was announced on Wednesday.

    The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine, another serious contender for Player of the Year honors, is also on the list. Simmons and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray were the only freshmen named to the list.

    Five players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to the Midseason Top 25: Ryan Anderson of Arizona, Kay Felder of Oakland, Damion Lee of Louisville, Wayne Selden, Jr. of Kansas, and Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa. The list includes colleges who have two players chosen: Gonzaga (Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer), Kansas (Perry Ellis and Selden, Jr.), Kentucky (Murray and Tyler Ulis), and North Carolina (Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige).

    The ACC leads the way with five selections, followed by the Big 12 and Big Ten with four; the Pac-12 and SEC with three; The American and the WCC with two; and the Big East and Horizon with one selection each.

    The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s. The men’s and women’s Wooden All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, as well as the 2016 Legends of Coaching Award, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas Tech. The event will take place the weekend of April 7-9, 2016.

     

    Name

    School

    Conference

    Height

    Class

    Position

    Grayson Allen

    Duke

    ACC

    6-5

    Soph.

    G

    Ryan Anderson

    Arizona

    Pac-12

    6-9

    Sr.

    F

    Malcolm Brogdon#

    Virginia

    ACC

    6-5

    Sr.

    G

    Kris Dunn

    Providence

    Big East

    6-4

    Jr.

    G

    Perry Ellis

    Kansas

    Big 12

    6-8

    Sr.

    F

    Kay Felder

    Oakland

    Horizon

    5-9

    Jr.

    G

    Daniel Hamilton

    Connecticut

    The American

    6-7

    Soph.

    G/F

    Buddy Hield

    Oklahoma

    Big 12

    6-4

    Sr.

    G

    Brice Johnson

    North Carolina

    ACC

    6-10

    Sr.

    F

    Damion Lee

    Louisville

    ACC

    6-6

    Sr.

    G

    Caris LeVert

    Michigan

    Big Ten

    6-7

    Sr.

    G

    Nic Moore

    SMU

    The American

    5-9

    Sr.

    G

    Jamal Murray

    Kentucky

    SEC

    6-4

    Fr.

    G

    Georges Niang

    Iowa State

    Big 12

    6-8

    Sr.

    F

    Marcus Paige

    North Carolina

    ACC

    6-2

    Sr.

    G

    Gary Payton II

    Oregon State

    Pac-12

    6-3

    Sr.

    G

    Jakob Poeltl

    Utah

    Pac-12

    7-0

    Soph.

    F

    Domantas Sabonis

    Gonzaga

    WCC

    6-11

    Soph.

    F

    Wayne Selden Jr.

    Kansas

    Big 12

    6-5

    Jr.

    G

    Ben Simmons

    LSU

    SEC

    6-10

    Fr.

    F

    Melo Trimble

    Maryland

    Big Ten

    6-3

    Soph.

    G

    Tyler Ulis

    Kentucky

    SEC

    5-9

    Soph.

    G

    Jarrod Uthoff

    Iowa

    Big Ten

    6-9

    Sr.

    F

    Denzel Valentine

    Michigan State

    Big Ten

    6-5

    Sr.

    G

    Kyle Wiltjer#

    Gonzaga

    WCC

    6-10

    Sr.

    F

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.