New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.
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 minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.
|2013-14 WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 25|
|Keith Appling||Senior||Guard||Michigan State|
|CAMERON BAIRSTOW||SENIOR||FORWARD||NEW MEXICO|
|Aaron Craft||Senior||Guard||Ohio State|
|Cleanthony Early||Senior||Forward||Wichita State|
|Adreian Payne||Senior||Center||Michigan State|
|Marcus Smart||Sophomore||Guard||Oklahoma State|
|T.J. Warren||Sophomore||Forward||North Carolina State|