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Thursday / October 28.
  • Josh Hart, Grayson Allen Highlight Wooden Award Preseason List

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    Villanova’s Josh Hart and Duke’s Grayson Allen highlight the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 announced Tuesday.

    Several universities feature multiple players on the list: Duke (Allen, Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum), Kansas (Devonte’ Graham, Frank Mason III, and Josh Jackson), Kentucky (Edrice Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk) and Oregon (Chris Boucher, Dillon Brooks, and Tyler Dorsey) lead the honors with three candidates apiece, while Indiana, North Carolina, Villanova, Virginia, and Xavier each have two players each on the Preseason Top 50.

    The trend of recognizing outstanding freshmen continues with seven named to the list: Adebayo, Fox, and Monk of Kentucky; Jarrett Allen of Texas; Miles Bridges of Michigan State; Markelle Fultz of Washington; Giles and Tatum of Duke;  Jackson of Kansas; Lauri Markkanen of Arizona; Dennis Smith, Jr. of NC State.

    The Top 50 nominees represent 10 conferences. The ACC leads all conferences with 12 selections, followed by the Big Ten (10), Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (6), Big East (5), SEC (5). The Atlantic 10 Conference has two selections and the Horizon League, The American and WCC each have one selection.

    The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2017 John R. Wooden Award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 7, 2017.

    Name School Conference Height Class Position
    Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 6-5 Jr. G
    Edrice Adebayo Kentucky SEC 6-10 Fr. F
    Grayson Allen Duke ACC 6-5 Jr. G
    Jarrett Allen Texas Big 12 6-11 Fr. F
    Dwayne Bacon Florida State ACC 6-7 Soph. G
    Lonzo Ball UCLA Pac-12 6-6 Fr. G
    V.J. Beachem Notre Dame ACC 6-8 Sr. F
    Joel Berry II North Carolina ACC 6-0 Jr. G
    James Blackmon, Jr. Indiana Big Ten 6-4 Jr. G
    Antonio Blakeney LSU SEC 6-4 Soph. G
    Jaron Blossomgame Clemson ACC 6-7 Sr. F
    Trevon Bluiett Xavier Big East 6-6 Jr. G
    Chris Boucher Oregon Pac-12 6-10 Sr. F
    Miles Bridges Michigan State Big Ten 6-7 Fr. G/F
    Dillon Brooks Oregon Pac-12 6-7 Jr. F
    Thomas Bryant Indiana Big Ten 6-10 Soph. C
    Tyler Dorsey Oregon Pac-12 6-4 Soph. G
    Jawun Evans Oklahoma State Big 12 6-1 Soph. G
    De’Aaron Fox Kentucky SEC 6-3 Fr. G
    Markelle Fultz Washington Pac-12 6-4 Fr. G
    Jack Gibbs Davidson Atlantic 10 6-0 Sr. G
    Harry Giles Duke ACC 6-10 Fr. F
    Devonte’ Graham Kansas Big 12 6-2 Jr. 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
    Malcolm Hill Illinois Big Ten 6-6 Sr. G
    Josh Jackson Kansas Big 12 6-8 Fr. G
    Justin Jackson North Carolina ACC 6-8 Jr. F/G
    Kris Jenkins Villanova Big East 6-6 Sr. F
    Peter Jok Iowa Big Ten 6-6 Sr. G
    Moses Kingsley Arkansas SEC 6-10 Sr. F
    Bronson Koenig Wisconsin Big Ten 6-3 Sr. G
    Dedric Lawson Memphis The American 6-9 Soph. G/F
    Tyler Lydon Syracuse ACC 6-9 Soph. F
    Lauri Markkanen Arizona Pac-12 7-0 Fr. 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
    Austin Nichols Virginia ACC 6-9 Jr. F
    London Perrantes Virginia ACC 6-2 Sr. G
    Alec Peters Valparaiso Horizon League 6-9 Sr. F
    Ivan Rabb California Pac-12 6-11 Soph. F
    Dennis Smith, Jr. NC State ACC 6-3 Fr. G
    Edmond Sumner Xavier Big East 6-6 Soph. G
    Caleb Swanigan Purdue Big Ten 6-9 Soph. F
    Jayson Tatum Duke ACC 6-8 Fr. 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 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.