Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Staten Named to Wooden Award List

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPN.com. 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 sport’s most prestigious honor.
Many 2014 NCAA Tournament stars were chosen to the Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50, including Ryan Boatright of Connecticut, an All-Final Four team selection in 2014 when he helped lead his team to the NCAA title; three players from a Kentucky squad that fell to the Huskies in the title game, Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron Harrison, and Andrew Harrison; Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, the MVP of the 2014 West Regional; and Florida’s Michael Frazier II. Other returners of note include Tyler Haws of BYU, the nation’s No. 2 returning scorer (23.2 ppg), and Wichita State point guard Fred VanVleet, the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.
Seven freshmen were named to the team: Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, Jr. of Kansas; Stanley Johnson of Arizona, a high school Wooden Award honoree in 2014; Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor of Duke; Karl-Anthony Towns of Kansas; and Myles Turner of Texas.
Kansas (Alexander, Oubre, Jr., Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden, Jr.) and Kentucky (Cauley-Stein, the Harrison twins, and Towns) lead the honors with four players apiece, while preseason Top 5 Arizona boasts three (Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Johnson). Duke, Louisville, Texas, Wichita State and Wisconsin have two players each on the preseason Top 50 list.
In terms of conferences, the Big 12 leads the way with 10 picks, followed by the ACC (8), and the Big Ten (7), Pac-12 (7), and SEC (7). The American, the Missouri Valley, and WCC had two picks apiece, while the Atlantic-10, Big East, Horizon, Sun Belt, and Ivy League each had one selection.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s. The Wooden Award National Advisory Board will select 25 players for the midseason list in early January. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be placed on the ballot and submitted to voters prior to the NCAA Tournament and voting will take into account play during the opening rounds of the tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
About the John R. Wooden Award
The 39th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2015 will go to San Diego State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Fisher. The event will take place the weekend of April 10-12, 2015.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Creighton’s Doug McDermott won the 2014 Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward or twitter feed @WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.
2014-15 John R. Wooden Award®
Presented by Wendy’s®
Preseason Top 50 
Name
School
Conference
Height
Class
Position
Cliff Alexander
Kansas
Big 12
6-8
Fr.
F
Brandon Ashley
Arizona
Pac-12
6-9
Jr.
F
Ron Baker
Wichita State
Missouri Valley
6-4
Jr.
G
Ryan Boatright
UConn
The American
6-0
Sr.
G
Malcolm Brogdon
Virginia
ACC
6-5
Jr.
G
Willie Cauley-Stein
Kentucky
SEC
7-0
Jr.
F
Branden Dawson
Michigan State
Big Ten
6-6
Sr.
G/F
Sam Dekker
Wisconsin
Big Ten
6-9
Jr.
F
Perry Ellis
Kansas
Big 12
6-8
Jr.
F
Yogi Ferrell
Indiana
Big Ten
6-0
Jr.
G
Marcus Foster
Kansas State
Big 12
6-3
So.
G
Michael Frazier II
Florida
SEC
6-4
Jr.
G
Treveon Graham
VCU
Atlantic 10
6-6
Sr.
G/F
Jerian Grant
Notre Dame
ACC
6-5
Sr.
G
Olivier Hanlan
Boston College
ACC
6-4
Jr.
G
Montrezl Harrell
Louisville
ACC
6-8
Jr.
F
Aaron Harrison
Kentucky
SEC
6-6
So.
G
Andrew Harrison
Kentucky
SEC
6-6
So.
G
Tyler Haws
BYU
WCC
6-5
Sr.
G
Buddy Hield
Oklahoma
Big 12
6-4
Jr.
G
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Arizona
Pac-12
6-7
So.
F
R.J. Hunter
Georgia State
Sun Belt
6-6
Jr.
G
Stanley Johnson
Arizona
Pac-12
6-7
Fr.
F
Tyus Jones
Duke
ACC
6-1
Fr.
G
Frank Kaminsky
Wisconsin
Big Ten
7-0
Sr.
F
Caris LeVert
Michigan
Big Ten
6-7
Jr.
G
Jordan Mickey
LSU
SEC
6-8
So.
F
Nic Moore
SMU
The American
5-9
Jr.
G
Georges Niang
Iowa State
Big 12
6-8
Jr.
F
Jahlil Okafor
Duke
ACC
6-11
Fr.
C
Kelly Oubre, Jr.
Kansas
Big 12
6-7
Fr.
G
Marcus Paige
North Carolina
ACC
6-1
Jr.
G
Kevin Pangos
Gonzaga
WCC
6-2
Sr.
G
Terran Petteway
Nebraska
Big Ten
6-6
Jr.
F
Bobby Portis
Arkansas
SEC
6-11
So.
F
Chasson Randle
Stanford
Pac-12
6-2
Sr.
G
Terry Rozier
Louisville
ACC
6-1
So.
G
Wesley Saunders
Harvard
Ivy League
6-5
Sr.
G
Josh Scott
Colorado
Pac-12
6-10
Jr.
F
Wayne Selden, Jr.
Kansas
Big 12
6-5
So.
G
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera
Georgetown
Big East
6-3
Jr.
G
West Virginia
Big 12
6-1
Sr.
G
Keifer Sykes
Green Bay
Horizon League
6-0
Sr.
G
Isaiah Taylor
Texas
Big 12
6-1
So.
G
Karl-Anthony Towns
Kentucky
SEC
6-11
Fr.
F
Myles Turner
Texas
Big 12
6-11
Fr.
F
Fred VanVleet
Wichita State
Missouri Valley
6-0
Jr.
G
Dez Wells
Maryland
Big Ten
6-5
Sr.
G/F
Delon Wright
Utah
Pac-12
6-5
Sr.
G
Joseph Young
Oregon
Pac-12
6-2
Sr.
G
Players listed alphabetically. Action shots of all 50 candidates can be found at http://woodenaward.org/PreseasonTop50.html
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