Collins, Harangody, Singler Highlight Wooden Award List

    
August 20th, 2009

Luke Harangody of Notre Dame is the only 2009 Wooden All-American returning to college basketball in 2009-10. Other returning players from last year’s Wooden Award ballot, include Sherron Collins of Kansas, Duke’s Kyle Singler and Kalin Lucas of Michigan State. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel made the Wooden ballot in 2008.

 

These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December’s Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March.

 

Nine schools had two players chosen to the Wooden Award preseason Top 50: Kansas (Collins, Cole Aldrich), Michigan State (Lucas, Raymar Morgan) Duke (Singler, Jon Scheyer), Michigan (DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris), North Carolina (Ed Davis, Deon Thompson), Purdue (Hummel, E’Twaun Moore), Connecticut (Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson), Villanova (Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher), and West Virginia (Devin Ebanks, Da’Sean Butler).

 

Eleven conferences are represented on the Wooden Award Preseason List. Leading the way is the Big East (11), followed by the ACC (10), Big 10 (8), SEC (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (3), and Atlantic 10, CAA, Conference USA, WAC and West Coast with one apiece.

 

In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round during the NCAA Tournament.

 

The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), and Blake Griffin (’09). Candace Parker of Tennessee won the Women’s Wooden Award in 2007 and 2008.

 

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the Friday prior to the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

 

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5206 or email at woodenaward@laac.net.

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2009-10 John R. Wooden Award
Preseason Top 50 List

 

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Solomon Alabi

7-1

So.

C

Florida State

ACC

Cole Aldrich

6-11

Jr.

C

Kansas

Big 12

Al-Farouq Aminu

6-9

So.

F

Wake Forest

ACC

Luke Babbit

6-9

So.

F

Nevada

WAC

Talor Battle

5-11

Jr.

G

Penn State

Big Ten

Trevor Booker

6-7

Sr.

F

Clemson

ACC

Matt Bouldin

6-5

Sr.

G

Gonzaga

West Coast

Craig Brackins

6-10

Jr.

F

Iowa State

Big 12

Da’Sean Butler

6-7

Sr.

F

West Virginia

Big East

Sherron Collins

5-11

Sr.

G

Kansas

Big 12

Ed Davis

6-10

So.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Devan Downey

5-9

Sr

G

South Carolina

SEC

Jerome Dyson

6-3

Sr.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Devin Ebanks

6-9

So.

F

West Virginia

Big East

Corey Fisher

6-1

Jr.

G

Villanova

Big East

Luke Harangody *#

6-8

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

Big East

Manny Harris

6-5

Jr.

G

Michigan

Big Ten

Gordon Hayward

6-8

So.

G/F

Butler

Conference USA

Jeremy Hazell

6-5

Jr.

G

Seton Hall

Big East

Robbie Hummel

6-8

Jr.

F

Purdue

Big Ten

Damion James

6-7

Sr.

G/F

Texas

Big 12

Sylven Landesberg

6-6

So.

G

Virginia

ACC

Gani Lawal

6-9

Jr.

F

Georgia Tech

ACC

Kalin Lucas

6-0

Jr.

G

Michigan State

Big Ten

Tasmin Mitchell

6-7

Sr.

F

Louisiana State

SEC

Greg Monroe

6-11

So.

C

Georgetown

Big East

E’Twaun Moore

6-3

Jr.

G

Purdue

Big Ten

Raymar Morgan

6-8

Sr.

F

Michigan State

Big Ten

A.J. Ogilvy

6-11

Jr.

C

Vanderbilt

SEC

Patrick Patterson

6-9

Jr.

F

Kentucky

SEC

Jerome Randle

5-10

Sr.

G

California

Pac 10

Scottie Reynolds

6-2

Jr.

G

Villanova

Big East

Samardo Samuels

6-8

So.

F

Louisville

Big East

Larry Sanders

6-11

Jr.

F

VCU

CAA

Jon Scheyer

6-5

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

DeShawn Sims

6-8

Sr.

F

Michigan

Big Ten

Kyle Singler

6-8

Jr.

F

Duke

ACC

Tyler Smith

6-7-

Sr.

G/F

Tennessee

SEC

Isaiah Thomas

5-8

So.

G

Washington

Pac 10

Deon Thompson

6-8

Sr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

J.T. Tiller

6-3

Sr.

G

Missouri

Big 12

Evan Turner

6-7

Jr.

G/F

Ohio State

Big Ten

Jarvis Varnado

6-9

Sr.

F/C

Mississippi State

SEC

Greivis Vasquez

6-6

Sr.

G

Maryland

ACC

Deonta Vaughn

6-1

Sr.

G

Cincinnati

Big East

Kemba Walker

6-1

So.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Willie Warren

6-4

So.

G

Oklahoma

Big 12

Terrico White

6-5

So.

G

Mississippi

SEC

Nic Wise

5-10

Sr.

G

Arizona

Pac 10

Chris Wright

6-8

Jr.

F

Dayton

Atlantic 10


(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
 *indicates 2009 Wooden All-American
# indicates 2008 Wooden All-American

 

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