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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.

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 r. 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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