Jan 21, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) shoots the ball in front of Texas A

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Wooden Award Midseason Watch List

Although it may be hard to believe, college basketball is now at its midseason point.  Right on cue, the Wooden Award released its midseason watch list earlier today.  The Wooden Award is given to the best player in college basketball each year and is one of the highest honors in college basketball.

The midseason list consists of 25 players, including Kentucky’s Julius Randle.  Although it’s no surprise that he made the cut, some may have expected Kentucky to have multiple players on the midseason list.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott appears to be the favorite to receive the Wooden Award thus far.  McDermott is averaging 24.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.  One major surprise with the list is that Kansas’ Joel Embiid isn’t on it.  The freshman from Cameroon has emerged as a star for Kansas over the last few weeks.  He is averaging 11.1 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

As college basketball heads into the final six weeks of the season, there is still plenty of time for any player to emerge above all others and win the Wooden Award.

Here is the full midseason list:

  • Kyle Anderson, UCLA
  • Keith Appling, Michigan State
  • Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
  • Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
  • Aaron Craft, Ohio State
  • Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
  • Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
  • Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
  • C.J. Fair, Syracuse
  • Aaron Gordon, Arizona
  • Rodney Hood, Duke
  • Nick Johnson, Arizona
  • DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
  • Jabari Parker, Duke
  • Adreian Payne, Michigan State
  • Casey Prather, Florida
  • Julius Randle, Kentucky
  • Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
  • Russ Smith, Louisville
  • T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
  • Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
  • Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
  • Joseph Young, Oregon


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