Four Named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20

Jan. 23, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Four Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Duke junior guard Chelsea Gray and sophomore center Elizabeth Williams, and Maryland senior forward Tianna Hawkins and junior forward Alyssa Thomas are among those still in the running for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

The quartet ranks among the league’s top 13 individuals in scoring, led by Hawkins with an ACC-best 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.  Thomas follows with 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, while Gray and Williams lead the league in assists (6.2) and blocks per game (3.2), respectively.

Both duos have led their teams to impressive starts as the Blue Devils are ranked No. 4 in the nation and began the season with a 16-game win streak, and the Terps, ranked No. 10, own a 15-3 overall mark.

The list is made up of 20 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December and January are the frontrunners for the selection to the national ballot. The national ballot consists of approximately 15 players who have proven to their university that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The Wooden Award All-America Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Championship. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on April 12, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club as part of the 37th annual Wooden Award Gala. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All-Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.