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Jan. 7, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Five ACC players – Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney, Boston College’s Reggie Jackson, Duke’s Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and Maryland’s Jordan Williams – were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 announced Thursday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
Singler and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette are returning players from past Wooden Award ballots. Singler (2009, 2010) is averaging 17.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 2010-11 for the top-ranked and undefeated Blue Devils, while Fredette is averaging 24.1 points per game for the 15th-ranked Cougars.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are eligible for this midseason list but did not appear on the preseason Top 50. All players nationally who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 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. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards.
Purdue (JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore) and Duke (Singler, Nolan Smith) were the only schools with two players on the Midseason List. In a change from the past several years, half of the players chosen are seniors. Only two freshmen made the list.
The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.
ACC Players on the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 List
Malcolm Delaney, 6-3, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Reggie Jackson, 6-3, Jr., G, Boston College
Kyle Singler*, 6-8, Sr., F, Duke ACC
Nolan Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, Duke ACC
Jordan Williams, 6-10, So., F, Maryland ACC
*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden Award ballot