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Friday / September 22.
  • Jared Butler, Cade Cunningham, Luka Garza headline Wooden Award Watch List

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    Baylor’s Jared Butler, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and Iowa’s Luka Garza headline the Wooden Award Watch List

    The list also includes both Hauser brothers, Sam at Virginia and Joey at Michigan State.

    Several schools have multiple candidates: Corey Kispert and Drew Timme of Gonzaga, Butler and MaCio Teague of Baylor, Matthew Hurt and Jalen Johnson of Duke, B.J. Boston and Olivier Sarr of Kentucky, Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl of Villanova, Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford of LSU, Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois, Sam Hauser and Kihei Clark of Virginia, John Fulkerson and Yves Pons of Tennessee and Oscar da Silva and Ziaire Williams of Stanford.

    The full list is at the very bottom of this post.

    The players on the preseason watch list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award.

    Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.

    John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50

    Scottie BarnesFlorida State
    Charles BasseyWestern Kentucky
    B.J. BostonKentucky
    James BouknightUConn
    Garrison BrooksNorth Carolina
    Greg BrownTEXAS
    Jared ButlerBaylor
    Marcus CarrMinnesota
    Kihei ClarkVirginia
    Kofi CockburnIllinois
    Jalen CrutcherDayton
    Cade CunninghamOklahoma State
    Oscar da SilvaStanford
    Ayo DosunmuIllinois
    John FulkersonTennessee
    Marcus GarrettKansas
    Luke GarzaIowa
    Collin GillespieVillanova
    Kellan GradyDavidson
    Ron Harper Jr.Rutgers
    Sam HauserVirginia
    Joey HauserMichigan State
    Matthew HurtDuke
    Trayce Jackson-DavisIndiana
    David JohnsonLouisville
    Jalen JohnsonDuke
    Keyontae JohnsonFlorida
    Corey KispertGonzaga
    Isaiah LiversMichigan
    Remy MartinArizona State
    Caleb MillsHouston
    Evan MobleyUSC
    Landers Nolley IIMemphis
    Yves PonsTennessee
    Neemias QuetaUtah State
    Nate ReuversWisconsin
    Jeremiah Robinson-EarlVillanova
    Colbey RossPepperdine
    Fatts RussellRhode Island
    Olivier SarrKentucky
    Javonte SmartLSU
    Chris SmithUCLA
    MaCio TeagueBaylor
    Drew TimmeGonzaga
    Oscar TshiebweWest Virginia
    Trendon WatfordLSU
    Joe WieskampIowa
    Ziaire WilliamsStanford
    McKinley Wright IVColorado
    Marcus ZegarowskiCreighton

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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.