New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

LOS ANGELES — New Mexico senior forward Cameron Bairstow has been named to the 2013-14 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious individual honor based on their play so far this season.

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
Name Class Position Institution
Kyle Anderson Sophomore Guard/Forward UCLA
Keith Appling Senior Guard Michigan State
CAMERON BAIRSTOW SENIOR FORWARD NEW MEXICO
Jordan Clarkson Junior Guard Missouri
Aaron Craft Senior Guard Ohio State
Sam Dekker Sophomore Forward Wisconsin
Cleanthony Early Senior Forward Wichita State
Tyler Ennis Freshman Guard Syracuse
C.J. Fair Senior Forward Syracuse
Aaron Gordon Freshman Forward Arizona
Rodney Hood Sophomore Forward Duke
Nick Johnson Junior Guard Arizona
DeAndre Kane Senior Guard Arizona
Doug McDermott Senior Forward Creighton
Shabazz Napier Senior Guard Connecticut
Jabari Parker Freshman Forward Duke
Adreian Payne Senior Center Michigan State
Casey Prather Senior Forward Florida
Julius Randle Freshman Forward Kentucky
Marcus Smart Sophomore Guard Oklahoma State
Russ Smith Senior Guard Louisville
T.J. Warren Sophomore Forward North Carolina State
Andrew Wiggins Freshman Guard Kansas
Chaz Williams Senior Guard Massachusetts
Joseph Young Junior Guard Oregon