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Wooden Award Top 50 List


The Wooden Award announced their list of the 50 candidates named to the early season watch list on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, Kentucky leads the way with four players on the list. Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have three players each on the list.

Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have a quarter of the Wooden Award’s top 50 list, and they all play at the United Center tonight. Solid lineup, isn’t it?

  • Jordan Adams (UCLA)
  • Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
  • Keith Appling (Michigan State)
  • Isaiah Austin (Baylor)
  • Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
  • Semaj Christon (Xavier)
  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
  • Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado)
  • Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
  • Joel Embiid (Kansas)
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
  • Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
  • Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
  • Montrezl Harrel (Louisville)
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State)
  • Joe Harris (Virginia)
  • Andrew Harrison (Kentucky)
  • Tyler Haws (BYU)
  • Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
  • Rodney Hood (Duke)
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis)
  • Cory Jefferson (Baylor)
  • Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
  • Alex Kirk (New Mexico)
  • James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Mitch McGary (Michigan)
  • Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)
  • Jabari Parker (Duke)
  • Adreian Payne (Michigan State)
  • Elfrid Payton (Lafayette)
  • Dwight Powell (Stanford)
  • Julius Randle (Kentucky)
  • Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
  • Glenn Robinson III (Michigan)
  • LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State)
  • Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas)
  • Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke)
  • Noah Vonleh (Indiana)
  • Dez Wells (Maryland)
  • Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
  • Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
  • James Young (Kentucky)

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.