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John R. Wooden Award® Announces 2018-'19 Men's Midseason Top 25 Watch List

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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.


Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Virginia Tech

ACC

6-5

So.

Guard

RJ Barrett

Duke

ACC

6-7

Fr.

Forward

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

Sr.

Forward

Carsen Edwards

Purdue

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

Guard

Rui Hachimura

Gonzaga

WCC

6-8

Jr.

Forward

Ethan Happ

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-10

Sr.

Forward

Markus Howard

Marquette

Big East

5-11

Jr.

Guard

De'Andre Hunter

Virginia

ACC

6-7

So.

Guard

Keldon Johnson

Kentucky

SEC

6-6

Fr.

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

Admiral Schofield

Tennessee

SEC

6-6

Sr.

Guard

Grant Williams

Tennessee

SEC

6-7

Jr.

Forward

Zion Williamson

Duke

ACC

6-7

Fr.

Forward

Cassius Winston

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

Guard

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