Murphy Added to Wooden Award Watch List
Jan. 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2018) –  Junior Jordan Murphy has put up numbers among the best in the nation halfway through the season, and on Thursday, the Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 on ESPN.com.  Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.

Murphy leads the nation with 17 double-doubles, seeing a streak of 17 straight games to open the season with double figures in two categories. That mark was the best to open a season since Tim Duncan of Wake Forest did the same in the 1996-97 season. Murphy is second in the nation and leads the Big Ten in rebounds per game (12.1), and ranks third in the conference in scoring (18.3 ppg). His 4.7 offensive rebounds per game leads the nation.

On the 2018 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, five players debut on the Wooden Watch™ after not being named on the Preseason Top 50: Mikal Bridges of Villanova, Tra Holder of Arizona State, Luke Maye of North Carolina, Brandon McCoy of UNLV, and Jordan Murphy of Minnesota. Four schools have two players that were chosen: Arizona (Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier), Duke (Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III), North Carolina (Joel Berry II and Luke Maye), and Villanova (Bridges and Jalen Brunson).

The ACC and Big East lead all conferences with five selections each, followed by the Big 12 and Pac-12 with four apiece; the Big Ten and SEC with two apiece; and The American, Mountain West and WCC with one selection each.


 

 

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. 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 voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The ten-man Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), and last year’s recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

 

John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s

2017-18 Midseason Top 25

 

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Grayson Allen

Duke

ACC

6-5

Sr.

G

Deandre Ayton

Arizona

Pac-12

7-1

Fr.

F

Marvin Bagley III

Duke

ACC

6-11

Fr.

F

Mohamed Bamba

Texas

Big 12

6-11

Fr.

F

Joel Berry II

North Carolina

ACC

6-0

Sr.

G

Trevon Bluiett

Xavier

Big East

6-6

Sr.

G

Mikal Bridges

Villanova

Big East

6-7

Jr.

G/F

Miles Bridges

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-7

Soph.

G/F

Jalen Brunson

Villanova

Big East

6-3

Jr.

G

Jevon Carter

West Virginia

Big 12

6-2

Sr.

G

Bonzie Colson

Notre Dame

ACC

6-6

Sr.

F

Angel Delgado

Seton Hall

Big East

6-10

Sr.

C

Marcus Foster

Creighton

Big East

6-3

Sr.

G

Devonte' Graham

Kansas

Big 12

6-2

Sr.

G

Tra Holder

Arizona State

Pac-12

6-1

Sr.

G

Aaron Holiday

UCLA

Pac-12

6-1

Jr.

G

Jock Landale

Saint Mary's

WCC

6-11

Sr.

C

Yante Maten

Georgia

SEC

6-8

Sr.

F

Luke Maye

North Carolina

ACC

6-8

Jr.

F

Brandon McCoy

UNLV

Mountain West

7-0

Fr.

F

Jordan Murphy

Minnesota

Big Ten

6-6

Jr.

F

Collin Sexton

Alabama

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Landry Shamet

Wichita State

The American

6-4

Soph.

G

Allonzo Trier

Arizona

Pac-12

6-5

Jr.

G

Trae Young

Oklahoma

Big 12

6-2

Fr.

G

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