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

Two players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™

POSTED: January 7, 2021 -- 5:26 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, two players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Caitlin Clark (Iowa) and Haley Jones (Stanford). Four schools have multiple players on the list, led by Connecticut (Paige Bueckers, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, and Christyn Williams), and followed by Arkansas (Chelsea Dungee and Destiny Slocum), South Carolina (Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke), and Stanford (Jones and Kiana Williams).

The SEC leads all conferences with nine selections, followed by the Big Ten and Pac-12 with four selections each, the Big 12 and Big East with three each, and the ACC with two selections.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women'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. 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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The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Women's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. 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 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020.

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

Name
School
Conference
Height
Class
Position
Aliyah Boston South Carolina SEC 6'5" Soph Forward
Paige Bueckers Connecticut Big East 5'11" Frosh Guard
Caitlin Clark Iowa Big Ten 6'0" Fr Guard
Charli Collier Texas Big 12 6'5" Jr Forward / Center
Zia Cooke South Carolina SEC 5'9" Soph Guard
Elissa Cunane NC State ACC 6'5" Jr Center
Rennia Davis Tennessee SEC 6'2" Sr Guard / Forward
Chelsea Dungee Arkansas SEC 5'11" Sr Guard
Dana Evans Louisville ACC 5'6" Sr Guard
Arella Guirantes Rutgers Big Ten 5'11" Sr Guard
Naz Hillmon Michigan Big Ten 6'2" Jr Forward
Rhyne Howard* Kentucky SEC 6'2" Jr Guard / Forward
Rickea Jackson Mississippi State SEC 6'2" Soph Forward
Ashley Joens Iowa State Big 12 6'0" Jr Guard / Forward
Haley Jones Stanford Pac-12 6'1" Soph Guard
N'dea Jones Texas A&M SEC 6'2" Sr Forward
Aari McDonald Arizona Pac-12 5'6" Sr Guard
Olivia Nelson-Ododa UConn Big East 6'5" Jr C/G
Michaela Onyenwere UCLA Pac-12 6'0" Sr F
Lindsey Pulliam Northwestern Big Ten 5'10" Sr Guard
Destiny Slocum Arkansas SEC 5'7" Sr Guard
Nalyssa Smith Baylor Big12 6'2" Jr Forward
Unique Thompson Auburn SEC 6'3" Sr Forward
Christyn Williams UConn Big East 5'11" Jr Guard
Kiana Williams Stanford Pac-12 5'8" Sr Guard

* - indicates player selected as 2020 Wooden Award All American

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