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Tuesday / May 26.
  • Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett highlight mid-season watchlist for Wooden Award

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    The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award Men’s Midseason Top 25 on ESPNU Tuesday. The list comprises the 25 student-athletes, who are front-runners for the award based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season.

    The list is headlined by Duke forwards R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson. Other notable players include St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Tennessee’s Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield, and Murray State’s Ja Morant.

    The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven selections; followed by the ACC with five; the Big East and SEC with three selections each; the Big 12 and Mountain West with two apiece; and the Ohio Valley, Summit League, and WCC with one selection each.

    The full list is provided below:

    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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