Wiggins, Early Named To Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

By: KU Sports Information
By: KU Sports Information
Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, the Los Angles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins drives to the basket during the 2nd half versus Duke, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Red Arbogast)

LOS ANGELES LOS ANGELES - Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, the Los Angles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Wiggins is one of three Big 12 Conference student-athletes listed - and one of only five freshmen. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wiggins leads Kansas with a 15.2 scoring average, which also leads the Big 12 freshman class and is 10th overall in the conference. The 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard has five games of 20-plus points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds at then No. 8 Iowa State (1/13). Wiggins is 50-of-59 (84.7 percent) from the free throw line in his last 10 games after hitting 10-of-12 charity shots during his 17-point effort in the win versus No. 23 Baylor on ESPN Big Monday. He has made 20 threes this season, leads KU with 17 steals and his 6.1 rebound average is third on the team.

Last season, Kansas' Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason and final ballot lists. McLemore went on to be named Wooden Award All-American.

No. 8/11 Kansas is 14-4 overall and the only undefeated team in the 2014 Big 12 Conference race at 5-0 heading into its Saturday, Jan. 25 game at TCU. The Jayhawks have defeated four nationally-ranked teams in each of its last four outings, a feat last accomplished by North Carolina in 1996-97.

The John R. Wooden Award Midseason List was announced on ESPN's SportsCenter and ESPN.com Wednesday and ESPNU will feature the honorees in a half-hour show at 5 p.m. (Central). For the complete list, go to http://www.woodenaward.com/.

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Wichita State release:

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Forward Cleanthony Early has been named to the Midseason Top-25 for the John R. Wooden Award today, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN.com. ESPNU will follow up at 6pm EST/5pm CST with a half-hour show focusing on the candidates.

Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious individual honor based on their play so far this season.

Early is not just the only Shocker, but is also the only member of the Missouri Valley Conference to make the Midseason Top-25.

Last season, Early helped the Shockers to the 2013 Final Four while becoming a 1st-team All-MVC selection and earning the MVC Newcomer of the Year award. Heading into this season, he was named the MVC Preseason Player of the year for the 2013-14 season and was named to the Associated Press' 2013-14 preseason All-America team as an honorable mention selection.

Early has started every game for the Shockers, helping lead them to a 19-0 record and currently a No. 5 ranking in the nation. He averages 15.3 points per game and grabs 6.6 rebounds per game.


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