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Thursday / August 11.
  • Purdue and Gonzaga duos highlight Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 List

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme and Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey were named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club Monday.

    No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 4 Purdue were the only two programs to feature multiple players on the list.

    Holmgren, the 7-foot freshman center out of Minneapolis, MN, is averaging 13.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. He is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, per the latest ESPN 2022 Mock Draft.

    Timme, the 6-foot-10 junior forward out of Richardson, TX, is averaging 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He is projected as the No. 50 overall pick in the latest ESPN Mock Draft.

    Holmgren and Timme are the only two players from the West Coast Conference to make the list.

    Meanwhile, Ivey and Edey were two of the seven Big Ten players selected to the list, joining Illinois center Kofi Cockburn, Iowa forward Keegan Murray, Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell and Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis.

    Ivey, the 6-foot-4 sophomore guard out of South Bend, IN, is averaging 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is projected as the No. 5 overall pick in the latest ESPN Mock Draft.

    Edey, the 7-foot-4 center out of Toronto, ON, is averaging 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game on 70.8 percent shooting from the field. He is projected as the No. 46 overall pick in the latest ESPN Mock Draft.

    After a previous version of the Watch List was announced in early January, Iowa State’s Iziah Brockington, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr., Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. and Purdue’s Trevion Williams failed to make the cut this time around.

    The full list of finalists can be found below:

    NameSchoolConferenceHeightClassPosition
    Max AbmasOral RobertsSummit League6-0Jr.G
    Ochai AgbajiKansasBig 126-5Sr.G
    James AkinjoBaylorBig 126-1Sr.G
    Paolo BancheroDukeACC6-10Fr.F
    Kofi Cockburn*IllinoisBig Ten7-0Jr.C
    Johnny DavisWisconsinBig Ten6-5SophG
    Zach EdeyPurdueBig Ten7-4SophC
    Collin GillespieVillanovaBig East6-3Sr.G
    Chet HolmgrenGonzagaWCC7-0Fr.C
    Jaden IveyPurdueBig Ten6-4SophG
    Trayce Jackson-DavisIndianaBig Ten6-9Jr.F
    Johnny JuzangUCLAPac-126-7Jr.G
    E.J. LiddellOhio StateBig Ten6-7Jr.F
    Bennedict MathurinArizonaPac-126-6SophG
    Isaiah MobleyUSCPac-126-10Jr.F
    Keegan MurrayIowaBig Ten6-8SophF
    David RoddyColorado StateMountain West6-6Jr.F
    Jabari SmithAuburnSEC6-10Fr.F
    Drew Timme*GonzagaWCC6-10Jr.F
    Oscar TshiebweKentuckySEC6-9Jr.F
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