Hield, Simmons among 25 on midseason Wooden Award list

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Wednesday evening the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list was released, and many of the names on the list should come as no surprise. Among those are LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, two of the top candidates for national player of the year honors in the eyes of many. The same can be said of Providence guard Kris Dunn and Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine, who also made the cut.

Twenty of the 25 players on this list were on the award’s preseason top 50 list. The exceptions are Arizona senior forward Ryan Anderson, Oakland junior guard Kay Felder, Louisville senior guard Damion Lee, Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. and Iowa senior forward Jarrod Uthoff.

Below are the 25 players on the midseason list, and it should be noted that not making this list does not prohibit a player from winning the Wooden Award.

G Grayson Allen (Duke)
F Ryan Anderson (Arizona)
G Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
G Kris Dunn (Providence)
F Perry Ellis (Kansas)
G Kay Felder (Oakland)
G/F Daniel Hamilton (Connecticut)
G Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
F Brice Johnson (North Carolina)
G Damion Lee (Louisville)
G Caris LeVert (Michigan)
G Nic Moore (SMU)
G Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
F Georges Niang (Iowa State)
G Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
G Gary Payton II (Oregon State)
F Jakob Poeltl (Utah)
F Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga)
G Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas)
F Ben Simmons (LSU)
G Melo Trimble (Maryland)
G Tyler Ulis (Kentucky)
F Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa)
G Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
F Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)