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Caleb Mills Named to John R. Wooden Award 2020-21 Preseason Top 50 Watch List

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POSTED: December 1, 2020 -- 9:07 p.m. CT

Houston Cougars sophomore guard Caleb Mills was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. The list was chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year.

Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. 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 following the NCAA Tournament in April.

This was the latest preseason honor for Mills. In November, he was named to the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List and the Jerry West Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation's top shooting guard.

In October, he was picked as the American Athletic Conference's Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous First-Team selection in voting by the league's head coaches.

Mills began his first season of competition with the Cougars as a redshirt freshman in 2019-20 and made an immediate impact. Mills had eight 20-point games, including a career-high 27 points at Memphis in late February.

Mills led the Cougars with 13.2 points per game in 2019-20, joining Houston Cougars legend Rob Williams as the only freshmen in school history to lead their teams in scoring. Williams averaged 16.3 points per contest as a freshman in 1979-80.

He finished second among the Cougars with 50 3-pointers in his first collegiate season on the way to being named to the 2020 All-American Athletic Conference Second Team. Mills also earned a place on the league's All-Freshman Team, joining current teammate guard Marcus Sasser.

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John R. Wooden Award Announces 2020-21 Preseason Top 50 Watch List

Scottie Barnes Florida State ACC 6'9" Frosh Guard
Charles Bassey Western Kentucky Conference USA 6'11" Jr Center
Brandon Boston Jr. Kentucky SEC 6'7" Frosh Guard
James Bouknight Connecticut Big East 6'5" Soph Guard
Garrison Brooks North Carolina ACC 6'10" Sr Forward
Greg Brown Texas Big 12 6'9" Frosh Forward
Jared Butler Baylor Big 12 6'3" Jr Guard
Marcus Carr Minnesota Big Ten 6'2" Jr Guard
Kihei Clark Virginia ACC 5'9" Jr Guard
Kofi Cockburn Illinois Big Ten 7'0" Soph Center
Jalen Crutcher Dayton Atlantic 10 6'1" Sr Guard
Cade Cunningham Oklahoma State Big 12 6'8" Frosh Guard
Oscar da Silva Stanford Pac-12 6'9" Sr Forward
Ayo Dosunmu Illinois Big Ten 6'5" Jr Guard
John Fulkerson Tennessee SEC 6'9" Sr Forward
Marcus Garrett Kansas Big 12 6'5" Sr Guard
Luka Garza* Iowa Big Tent 6'11" Sr Center
Collin Gillespie Big East Big East 6'3" Sr Guard
Kellan Grady Davidson Atlantic 10 6'5" Sr Guard
Ron Harper Jr Rutgers Big Ten 6'6" Jr Guard / Forward
Sam Hauser Virginia ACC 6'8" Sr Forward
Joey Hauser Michigan State Big Ten 6'9" Jr Forward
Matthew Hurt Duke ACC 6'9" Soph Forward
Trayce Jackson-Davis Indiana Big Ten 6'9" Soph Forward
David Johnson Louisville ACC 6'5" Soph Guard
Jalen Johnson Duke ACC 6'9" Frosh Forward
Keyontae Johnson Florida SEC 6'5" Jr Forward
Corey Kispert Gonzaga WCC 6'7" Sr Forward
Isaiah Livers Michigan Big Ten 6'7" Sr Forward
Remy Martin Arizona State Pac-12 6'0" Sr Guard
Caleb Mills Houston The American 6'3" Soph Guard
Evan Mobley USC Pac-12 7'0" Frosh Forward
Landers Nolley II Memphis The American 6'7" Soph Guard
Yves Pons Tennessee SEC 6'6" Sr Guard / Forward
Neemias Queta Utah State Mountain West 7'0" Jr Center
Nate Reuvers Wisconsin Big Ten 6'11" Sr Forward
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Villanova Big East 6'9" Soph Forward
Colbey Ross Pepperdine WCC 6'1 Sr Guard
Fatts Russell Rhode Island Atlantic 10 5'10" Sr Guard
Olivier Sarr Kentucky SEC 7'0" Sr Forward
Javonte Smart LSU SEC 6'4" Jr Guard
Chris Smith UCLA Pac-12 6'9" Sr Guard
MaCio Teague Baylor Big 12 6'4 Sr Guard
Drew Timme Gonzaga WCC 6'10" Soph Forward
Oscar Tshiebwe West Virginia Big 12 6'9" Soph Forward
Trendon Watford LSU SEC 6'9" Soph Forward
Joe Wieskamp Iowa Big Ten 6'6" Jr Guard / Forward
Ziaire Williams Stanford Pac-12 6'8" Frosh Forward
McKinley Wright IV Colorado Pac-12 6'0" Sr Guard
Marcus Zegarowski Creighton Big East 6'2" Jr Guard

# - indicates player was selected to the 2019-20 Wooden Award All American

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