Four ACC Players Named to Wooden Preseason List

Oct. 4, 2011

Four student-athletes from the ACC are those listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller are on the list for the prestigious college basketball honor.

Barnes, Henson and Zeller each earned second-team All-ACC honors a year ago, while Marshall was a third-team selection.

Barnes, the 2010-11 ACC Freshman of the Year, was second on the team in scoring (15.7) and third in rebounding (5.8). Henson, the 2010-11 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in blocked shots (3.2) and was second in rebounding (10.1) while averaging 11.7 points per game.

Zeller led the ACC in field goal percentage (.547) and was seventh in the league in both scoring (15.7) and rebounding (7.2). Marshall, who along with Barnes earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors a year ago, became the third freshman in the last six years to lead the ACC in assists (6.2) despite not starting his first game until Jan. 18.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list. The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students. 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, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Championship.

The 36th 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-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award. It will take place the weekend of April 6-8, 2012.