Six ACC Players head up Wooden Award Midseason Top 25


ACC leads all conferences with six players named


Greensboro, N.C. -- The ACC leads all conferences with six players named to Midseason Top 25, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday on ESPN's SportsCenter and on ESPN.com. 

Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the frontrunners for the sport’s most prestigious individual honor based on their performances during the first half of the 2014-15 season. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s. 

The ACC is represented by Virginia junior Justin Anderson, Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell and sophomore Terry Rozier, and Duke freshmen Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor. 

The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to the voters on the ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players make the ballot who are not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voting will take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. 

2014-15 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

Name School Conference Ht. Yr. Pos.
Justin Anderson Virginia ACC 6-6 JR G
Ron Baker Wichita State Missouri Valley 6-4 JR G
Ryan Boatright Connecticut The American 6-0 SR G
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 7-0 JR F
Yogi Ferrell Indiana Big Ten 6-0 JR G
Jerian Grant Notre Dame ACC 6-5 SR G
Montrezl Harrell Louisville ACC 6-8 JR F
D'Angelo Harrison St. John's Big East 6-4 SR G
Tyler Haws BYU WCC 6-5 SR G
Buddy Hield Oklahoma Big 12 6-4 JR G
Stanley Johnson Arizona Pac-12 6-7 FR F
Tyus Jones Duke ACC 6-1 FR G
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Big Ten 7-0 SR F
Jordan Mickey LSU SEC 6-8 SO F
Georges Niang Iowa State Big 12 6-8 JR F
Jahlil Okafor Duke ACC 6-11 FR C
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga WCC 6-2 SR G
Bobby Portis Arkansas SEC 6-11 SO F
Chasson Randle Stanford Pac-12 6-2 SR G
Terry Rozier Louisville ACC 6-1 SO G
D'Angelo Russell Ohio State Big Ten 6-5 FR G
Juwan Staten West Virginia Big 12 6-1 SR G
Melo Trimble Maryland Big Ten 6-3 FR G
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga WCC 6-10 JR F
Delon Wright Utah Pac-12 6-5 SR G