Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MBB: Buddy Hield Named to Wooden Award Top 25 List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 on Wednesday and Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield is one of three Big 12 players on the list.

The 6-4, 212-pound Hield, who is joined on the list by fellow Big 12 players Georges Niang (Iowa State) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia), leads the Big 12 in conference play by averaging 21.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers per game (shooting .419 from behind the arc), while also pulling down 7.5 rebounds a contest to rank fifth in the league. On the season, he's averaging a team-high 17.1 points (ranks third in Big 12) on .388 3-point shooting (sixth) and .840 free throw shooting (third), and adds 5.6 boards an outing. The Freeport, Bahamas, native has led the Sooners in scoring nine times in 16 games, including each of the last three contests and four of the last five.

The leading candidates for the Wooden Award 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.

Justin Anderson, Virginia
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Ryan Boatright, Connecticut
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's
Tyler Haws, BYU
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Tyus Jones, Duke
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Terry Rozier, Louisville
D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Juwan Staten, West Virginia
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
Delon Wright, Utah
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