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John R. Wooden Award Announces 2020-21 Midseason Top 25 Watch List

Three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™

POSTED: January 7, 2021 -- 3:37 p.m. CT

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® Midseason Top 25 Watch List Wednesday, January 6, on ESPNU. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.

On the 2021 Wooden Award™ Midseason Top 25, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Derek Culver (West Virginia), Carlik Jones (Louisville), and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga). Three schools have multiple players on the list, led by Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Suggs, and Drew Timme), and followed by Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).

The Big Ten leads all conferences with six selections on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC with five, the Big East with four, the Big 12 and WCC with three selections each, the Pac-12 with two , and Conference USA and the SEC with one selection apiece.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men's Player of the Year. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ 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.

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John R. Wooden Award Announces 2020-21 Midseason Top 25 Watch List

Scottie Barnes Florida State ACC 6'9" Frosh Guard
Charles Bassey Western Kentucky Conference USA 6'11" Jr Center
James Bouknight Connecticut Big East 6'5" Soph Guard
Garrison Brooks North Carolina ACC 6'10" Sr Forward
Jared Butler Baylor Big 12 6'3" Jr Guard
Marcus Carr Minnesota Big Ten 6'2" Jr Guard
Kofi Cockburn Illinois Big Ten 7'0" Soph Center
Derek Culver West Virginia Big 12 6'10" Jr Forward
Cade Cunningham Oklahoma State Big 12 6'8" Frosh Guard
Ayo Dosunmu Illinois Big Ten 6'5" Jr Guard
John Fulkerson Tennessee SEC 6'9" Sr Forward
Luka Garza* Iowa Big Tent 6'11" Sr Center
Collin Gillespie Big East Big East 6'3" Sr Guard
Ron Harper Jr Rutgers Big Ten 6'6" Jr Guard / Forward
Sam Hauser Virginia ACC 6'8" Sr Forward
Matthew Hurt Duke ACC 6'9" Soph Forward
Trayce Jackson-Davis Indiana Big Ten 6'9" Soph Forward
Carlik Jones Louisville ACC 6'1" Sr Guard
Corey Kispert Gonzaga WCC 6'7" Sr Forward
Remy Martin Arizona State Pac-12 6'0" Sr Guard
Evan Mobley USC Pac-12 7'0" Frosh Forward
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Villanova Big East 6'9" Soph Forward
Jalen Suggs Gonzaga WCC 6'4" Fr Guard
Drew Timme Gonzaga WCC 6'10" Soph Forward
Trendon Watford LSU SEC 6'9" Soph Forward
Marcus Zegarowski Creighton Big East 6'2" Jr Guard

# - indicates player selected as 2020 Wooden Award All American

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