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  • Duke’s Zion Williamson among five freshmen on Wooden Award Midseason List; Big Ten places seven on list

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    Duke’s Zion Williamson was among five college freshmen named Wednesday to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The award is presented to the nation’s most outstanding basketball player.

    The other freshmen are Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson, Michigan’s Iggy Brazdeikis and Indiana’s Romeo Langford.

    The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven players while the ACC has five.

    The Big East has three players in St. John’s junior Shamorie Ponds, Seton Hall junior Myles Powell and Marquette Markus Howard.

    Three Canadians made the list in Barrett, Brazdeikis and Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

    Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the midseason list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor, based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season.

    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 April 12.

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    John R. Wooden Award Midseason List

    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

    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

    Keldon Johnson

    Kentucky

    SEC

    6-6

    Fr.

    G

    Romeo Langford

    Indiana

    Big Ten

    6-6

    Fr.

    G

    Dedric Lawson

    Kansas

    Big 12

    6-9

    Jr.

    F

    Caleb Martin

    Nevada

    Mountain West

    6-7

    Sr.

    F

    Luke Maye

    North Carolina

    ACC

    6-8

    Sr.

    F

    Ja Morant

    Murray State

    Ohio Valley

    6-3

    So.

    G

    Jordan Murphy

    Minnesota

    Big Ten

    6-7

    Sr.

    F

    James Palmer Jr.

    Nebraska

    Big Ten

    6-6

    Sr.

    G

    Shamorie Ponds

    St. John’s

    Big East

    6-1

    Jr.

    G

    Myles Powell

    Seton Hall

    Big East

    6-2

    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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    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.