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Wednesday / November 22.
  • Kentucky, Indiana Get Three Each on Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List

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    The Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List was released on Tuesday afternoon with Kentucky (Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis) and Indiana (James Blackmon, Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams) each getting three players on.

    The Wooden Award is presented annually to the nation’s top player. The initial list of 50, which is below, will be cut to 25 in mid-January and 15 in late-February. The winner will be announced at the Final Four. Recent recipients include Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

    • Grayson Allen (Duke)
    • Zach Auguste (Notre Dame)
    • Ron Baker (Wichita State)
    • DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph’s)
    • James Blackmon (Indiana)
    • Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
    • Jaylen Brown (California)
    • Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
    • Kyle Collinsworth (BYU)
    • Kellen Dunham (Butler)
    • Kris Dunn (Providence)
    • Perry Ellis (Kansas)
    • Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
    • Rico Gathers (Baylor)
    • Anthony Gill (Virginia)
    • Daniel Hamilton (Connecticut)
    • A.J. Hammons (Purdue)
    • Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
    • Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
    • Danuel House (Texas A&M)
    • Brandon Ingram (Duke)
    • Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame)
    • Brice Johnson (North Carolina)
    • Damian Jones (Vanderbilt)
    • Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin)
    • Skal Labissiere (Kentucky)
    • Jake Layman (Maryland)
    • Caris LeVert (Michigan)
    • Nic Moore (SMU)
    • Monte Morris (Iowa State)
    • Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
    • Malik Newman (Mississippi State)
    • Georges Niang (Iowa State)
    • Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
    • Gary Payton II (Oregon State)
    • Jakob Poeltl (Utah)
    • Taurean Prince (Baylor)
    • Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State)
    • Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga)
    • Ben Simmons (LSU)
    • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown)
    • Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona)
    • Isaiah Taylor (Texas)
    • Melo Trimble (Maryland)
    • Tyler Ulis (Kentucky)
    • Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
    • Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
    • Tyrone Wallace (California)
    • Troy Williams (Indiana)
    • Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)
     

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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.