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Los Angeles (January 22, 2014)— The Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with five student athletes named as the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its Midseason Top 25 today on ESPN SportsCenter and ESPN.com.
Syracuse senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis, Duke sophomore Rodney Hood and freshman Jabari Parker, and NC State sophomore T.J. Warren were among those 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. ESPNU will follow up at 6pm EST with a half-hour show focusing on the candidates.
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.
Five freshmen were chosen to the list: Ennis, Parker, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Julius Randle of Kentucky and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. Arizona (Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson), Duke (Parker, Hood), Michigan State (Adreian Payne, Keith Appling) and Syracuse (Ennis, Fair) were the only schools with two players named to the Midseason Top 25. The Wildcats, Orangemen, and Spartans are ranked 1-2-3 in this week’s AP Top 25.
In terms of conferences, distribution of players was fairly even atop the top traditional conferences. The ACC had five selections from three schools, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten with four selections each, the Big 12 and SEC with three each, The American with two; and the Atlantic 10, Big East, Missouri Valley, Mountain West with one each.
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Midseason Top 25
Name Ht. Yr. Pos. School Conference
Kyle Anderson 6-9 So. G/F UCLA Pac-12
Keith Appling 6-1 Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten
Cameron Bairstow 6-9 Sr. F New Mexico Mountain West
Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. G Missouri SEC
Aaron Craft 6-2 Sr. G Ohio State Big Ten
Sam Dekker 6-7 So. F Wisconsin Big Ten
Cleanthony Early 6-8 Sr. F Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyler Ennis 6-2 Fr. G Syracuse ACC
C.J. Fair 6-8 Sr. F Syracuse ACC
Aaron Gordon 6-9 Fr. F Arizona Pac-12
Rodney Hood 6-8 So. F Duke ACC
Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. G Arizona Pac-12
DeAndre Kane 6-4 Sr. G Iowa State Big 12
Doug McDermott*# 6-8 Sr. F Creighton Big East
Shabazz Napier 6-1 Sr. G Connecticut The American
Jabari Parker 6-8 Fr. F Duke ACC
Adreian Payne 6-10 Sr. C Michigan State Big Ten
Casey Prather 6-6 Sr. F Florida SEC
Julius Randle 6-9 Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Marcus Smart 6-4 So. G Oklahoma State Big 12
Russ Smith 6-0 Sr. G Louisville The American
T.J. Warren 6-8 So. F NC State ACC
Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. G Kansas Big 12
Chaz Williams 5-9 Sr. G Massachusetts Atlantic 10
Joseph Young 6-2 Jr. G Oregon Pac-12
Players listed alphabetically
* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team
# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team