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Thursday / August 17.
  • Villanova’s Josh Hart, Seven Freshmen Highlight Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

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    Villanova senior Josh Hart and seven college freshmen highlighted the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list announced this week.

    The 6-foot-6 Hart is averaging 19.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the reigning NCAA champions.

    On the 2017 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, four players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to Midseason Top 25: Luke Kennard of Duke, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Kelan Martin of Butler, and Johnathan Motley of Baylor. Five schools have two players that were chosen: Kansas (Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III), Kentucky (De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk), North Carolina (Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson), UCLA (Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf), and Wisconsin (Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes). After only two freshmen were named to the 2016 list, seven freshmen were named to the 2017 Midseason Top 25: Lonzo Ball of UCLA, De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky, Markelle Fultz of Washington, Josh Jackson of Kansas, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Lauri Markkanen of Arizona, and Malik Monk of Kentucky.

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    Name School Conference Height Class Position
    Dwayne Bacon Florida State ACC 6-7 Soph. G
    Lonzo Ball UCLA Pac-12 6-6 Fr. G
    Joel Berry II North Carolina ACC 6-0 Jr. G
    Jaron Blossomgame Clemson ACC 6-7 Sr. F
    Dillon Brooks Oregon Pac-12 6-7 Jr. F
    De’Aaron Fox Kentucky SEC 6-3 Fr. G
    Markelle Fultz Washington Pac-12 6-4 Fr. G
    Ethan Happ Wisconsin Big Ten 6-10 Soph. F
    Josh Hart Villanova Big East 6-5 Sr. G
    Nigel Hayes Wisconsin Big Ten 6-8 Sr. F
    Josh Jackson Kansas Big 12 6-8 Fr. G
    Justin Jackson North Carolina ACC 6-8 Jr. F/G
    Luke Kennard Duke ACC 6-6 Soph. G
    TJ Leaf UCLA Pac-12 6-10 Fr. F
    Lauri Markkanen Arizona Pac-12 7-0 Fr. F
    Kelan Martin Butler Big East 6-7 Jr. F
    Frank Mason III Kansas Big 12 5-11 Sr. G
    Malik Monk Kentucky SEC 6-3 Fr. G
    Monte Morris Iowa State Big 12 6-3 Sr. G
    Johnathan Motley Baylor Big 12 6-10 Jr. F
    Alec Peters Valparaiso Horizon League 6-9 Sr. F
    Caleb Swanigan Purdue Big Ten 6-9 Soph. F
    Melo Trimble Maryland Big Ten 6-3 Jr. G
    Maurice Watson Jr. Creighton Big East 5-10 Sr. G
    Nigel Williams-Goss Gonzaga WCC 6-3 Jr. G
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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.