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John R. Wooden Award® Announces 2018-'19 Men's Midseason Top 25 Watch List
POSTED: January 10, 2019 -- 1:30 p.m. CST
January 9, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award Men's Midseason Top 25 today on ESPNU. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.
On the 2019 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, seven players make their debut on the Wooden Watch after not being named on the Preseason Top 50: Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Virginia Tech, Ignas Brazdeikis of Michigan, Jordan Caroline of Nevada, Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, Ja Morant of Murray State, Myles Powell of Seton Hall, and Admiral Schofield of Tennessee. Three schools have two players that were chosen: Duke (RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson), Nevada (Caroline and Caleb Martin), and Tennessee (Schofield and Grant Williams).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven selections; followed by the ACC with five; the Big East and SEC with three selections each; the Big 12 and Mountain West with two apiece; and the Ohio Valley, Summit League, and WCC with one selection each.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2019 John R. Wooden Award Men's Player of the Year. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ 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 2019 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 12, 2019.
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker||Virginia Tech||ACC||6-5||So.||Guard|
|Ignas Brazdeikis||Michigan||Big Ten||6-7||Fr.||Forward|
|Jordan Caroline||Nevada||Mountain West||6-7||Sr.||Guard / Forward|
|Jarrett Culver||Texas Tech||Big 12||6-6||So.||Guard|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota State||Summit League||6-9||r.||Forward|
|Carsen Edwards||Purdue||Big Ten||6-1||Jr.||Guard|
|Ethan Happ||Wisconsin||Big Ten||6-10||Sr.||Forward|
|Markus Howard||Marquette||Big East||5-11||Jr.||Guard|
|Romeo Langford||Indiana||Big Ten||6-6||Fr.||Guard|
|Dedric Lawson||Kansas||Big 12||6-9||Jr.||Forward|
|Caleb Martin||Nevada||Mountain West||6-7||Sr.||Forward|
|Luke Maye||North Carolina||ACC||6-8||Sr.||Forward|
|Ja Morant||Murray State||Ohio Valley||6-3||So.||Guard|
|Jordan Murphy||Minnesota||Big Ten||6-7||Sr.||Forward|
|James Palmer Jr.||Nebraska||Big Ten||6-6||Sr.||Guard|
|Shamorie Ponds||St. John's||Big East||6-1||Jr.||Guard|
|Myles Powell||Seton Hall||Big East||6-2||Jr.||Guard|
|Cassius Winston||Michigan State||Big Ten||6-1||Jr.||Guard|
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