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Sunday / October 25.
  • Cassius Winston, Jordan Nwora, Cole Anthony, James Wiseman headline Wooden Preseason List

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    Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora, North Carolina’s Cole Anthony and Memphis’ James Wiseman highlight the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50, announced Tuesday. The award is the most prestigious collegiate basketball honor and recognizes the nation’s most outstanding basketball player each year.

    Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team and Most Outstanding Player Award.

    John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy’s 2019-20 Preseason Top 50

    The full list is below

    Name School Conference Height Class Position
    Precious Achiuwa Memphis American 6-9 Fr. F
    Ty-Shon Alexander Creighton Big East 6-4 Jr. G
    Cole Anthony North Carolina ACC 6-3 Fr. G
    Udoka Azubuike Kansas Big 12 7-0 Sr. C
    Kamar Baldwin Butler Big East 6-1 Sr. G
    Desmond Bane TCU Big 12 6-6 Sr. G
    Charles Bassey Western Kentucky Conference USA 6-11 So. C
    Saddiq Bey Villanova Big East 6-8 So. F
    Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida SEC 6-10 Sr. F
    Vernon Carey Jr. Duke ACC 6-10 Fr. C
    Yoeli Childs BYU WCC 6-8 Sr. F
    Anthony Cowan Jr. Maryland Big Ten 6-0 Sr. G
    Jarron Cumberland Cincinnati American 6-5 Sr. G
    Antoine Davis Detroit Mercy Horizon League 6-1 So. G
    Mamadi Diakite Virginia ACC 6-9 Sr. F
    Alpha Diallo Providence Big East 6-7 Sr. G
    Ayo Dosunmu Illinois Big Ten 6-5 So. G
    Devon Dotson Kansas Big 12 6-2 So. G
    Anthony Edwards Georgia SEC 6-5 Fr. G
    CJ Elleby Washington State Pac-12 6-6 So. F
    Jordan Ford Saint Mary’s WCC 6-1 Sr. G
    Kellan Grady Davidson A-10 6-5 Jr. G
    Jon Axel Gudmundsson Davidson A-10 6-5 Sr. G
    Ashton Hagans Kentucky SEC 6-3 So. G
    Tyrese Haliburton Iowa State Big 12 6-5 So. G
    Markus Howard Marquette Big East 5-11 Sr. G
    Tre Jones Duke ACC 6-3 So. G
    Anthony Lamb Vermont America East 6-6 Sr. F
    Scottie Lewis Florida SEC 6-5 Fr. G
    Nico Mannion Arizona Pac-12 6-6 Fr. G
    Naji Marshall Xavier Big East 6-7 Jr. F
    Tyrese Maxey Kentucky SEC 6-3 Fr. G
    Jaden McDaniels Washington Pac-12 6-9 Fr. F
    Sam Merrill Utah State Mountain West 6-5 Sr. G
    Andrew Nembhard Florida SEC 6-5 So. G
    Jordan Nwora Louisville ACC 6-7 Jr. F
    Reggie Perry Mississippi State SEC 6-5 Sr. G
    Myles Powell Seton Hall Big East 6-2 Sr. G
    Payton Pritchard Oregon Pac-12 6-2 Sr. G
    Neemias Queta Utah State Mountain West 7-0 So. C
    Nick Rakocevic USC Pac-12 6-11 Sr. F
    Jalen Smith Maryland Big Ten 6-10 So. F
    Lamar Stevens Penn State Big Ten 6-8 Sr. F
    Isaiah Stewart Washington Pac-12 6-9 Fr. F
    Killian Tillie Gonzaga WCC 6-10 Sr. F
    Tres Tinkle Oregon State Pac-12 6-7 Sr. F
    Kaleb Wesson Ohio State Big Ten 6-9 Jr. F
    Cassius Winston Michigan State Big Ten 6-1 Sr. G
    James Wiseman Memphis American 7-1 Fr. C
    McKinley Wright IV Colorado Pac-12 6-0 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.