Iowa's Gustafson Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 List

Doug Mendoza
January 13, 2018

Shamet is averaging a team-high 16.1 points for No. 5 Wichita State (13-2, 3-0 American).

Big 12 representatives include seniors Devonte' Graham (Kansas) and Jevon Carter (West Virginia) along with freshmen Trae Young (Oklahoma) and Mohamed Bamba (Texas). Young is leading the nation in points (29.2) and assists (10.1) per game.

The John Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. She is one Player of the Week award away from tying Ohio State's Jantel Lavender for the most Player of the Week awards in a single season (6, 2010-11). She earned Big Ten Player of the Week on November 13, December 4, Dec. 18, December 26, and January 2, and was named to the Player of the Week Honor Roll on November 20, Nov. 27, December 11, and January 8.

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Young has been the breakout star of the college basketball season. Former Sooner players Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield won the award in 2009 and 2016, respectively.

The Wooden Award released its midseason top 25 list on Thursday, which included 17 upperclassmen, 15 backcourt players and representatives from nine conferences. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Fifteen players will be named finalists, and the victor will be announced on April 6.

UNC is one of four schools (Duke, Arizona, Villanova) to have two players on the watch list.

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