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CU's Dinwiddie Named to Wooden Top-50 Watch List

By: CU Media Relations Email
By: CU Media Relations Email

LOS ANGELES – For the second straight year, University of Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie was named by The Los Angeles Athletic Club as one of the preseason Top-50 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, announced Tuesday morning. The 50 student-athletes were chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.

Dinwiddie, a 6’6, 200-pound point-guard was a Pac-12 Conference first team selection a year ago, in addition to playing with Team USA at the World University Games this past summer.

The junior from Woodland Hills, Calif. is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists through only two games this season for the Buffaloes (1-1). Colorado plays its second game in four days when it hosts the Wyoming Cowboys on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center on the Pac-12 Networks.

He is one of six players from the Pac-12 and one of 10 juniors selected as the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09). McDermott set Creighton single-season records for points, field goals and three-point percentage a year ago, and spent this summer leading Team USA in scoring (14.9 ppg) at the World University Games. He averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season to lead Creighton to a 28-8 record. After leading the country with 284 field goals and 834 points in 2012-13, McDermott will play as a walk-on for the Bluejays in their first year in the Big East this season.

Other players of note aside from McDermott include several stars who each had a huge impact on his team’s NCAA Final Four run in 2013, including Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III; Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early; and C.J. Fair of Syracuse.

Associated Press preseason No. 1 Kentucky had the most players chosen to the list with four, while Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State, all top 5 teams in the preseason, boast three Top 50 players apiece. Schools with two players selected include defending NCAA Champion Louisville, Baylor, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.

In terms of conferences, it promises to be an interesting year in the Big 10, with a chart-topping 10 players chosen to the preseason list from six different schools. The ACC had eight selections from six schools, followed by the Big 12 (3 schools), Pac-12 (5 schools) and SEC (2 schools) with six selections each. The brand new American Athletic Conference had five selections (4 schools), followed by the Big East, West Coast and Mountain West with two each; and the Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, and Sun Belt each with one.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 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. 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.

About the John R. Wooden Award
The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

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 player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award® Presented by Wendy’s® Preseason Top 50
Name

School

Conference

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.
Jordan Adams

UCLA

Pac-12

6-5

So.

G
Kyle Anderson

UCLA

Pac-12

6-9

So.

G/F
Keith Appling

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-1

Sr.

G
Isaiah Austin

Baylor

Big 12

7-1

So.

C
Jahii Carson

Arizona State

Pac-12

5-10

So.

G
Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky

SEC

7-0

So.

F
Semaj Christon

Xavier

Big East

6-3

So.

G
Aaron Craft

Ohio State

Big Ten

6-2

Sr.

G
Sam Dekker

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-7

So.

F
Spencer Dinwiddie

Colorado

Pac-12

6-6

Jr.

G
Cleanthony Early

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

6-8

Sr.

F
Joel Embiid

Kansas

Big 12

7-0

Fr.

C
C.J. Fair

Syracuse

ACC

6-8

Sr.

F
Aaron Gordon

Arizona

Pac-12

6-9

Fr.

F
Jerian Grant

Notre Dame

ACC

6-5

Sr.

G
Montrezl Harrell

Louisville

The American

6-8

So.

F
Gary Harris

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-4

So.

G
Joe Harris

Virginia

ACC

6-6

Sr.

G
Andrew Harrison

Kentucky

SEC

6-6

Fr.

G
Tyler Haws

BYU

WCC

6-5

Jr.

G
Andre Hollins

Minnesota

Big Ten

6-2

Jr.

G
Rodney Hood

Duke

ACC

6-8

So.

F
Joe Jackson

Memphis

The American

6-1

Sr.

G
Cory Jefferson

Baylor

Big 12

6-9

Sr.

F
Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati

The American

6-4

Sr.

G
Alex Kirk

New Mexico

Mountain West

7-0

Jr.

C
James Michael McAdoo

North Carolina

ACC

6-9

Jr.

F
Doug McDermott*#

Creighton

Big East

6-8

Sr.

F
Mitch McGary

Michigan

Big Ten

6-10

So.

F
Jordan McRae

Tennessee

SEC

6-6

Sr.

G
Shabazz Napier

Connecticut

The American

6-1

Sr.

G
Kevin Pangos

Gonzaga

WCC

6-2

Jr.

G
Jabari Parker

Duke

ACC

6-8

Fr.

F
Adreian Payne

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-10

Sr.

C
Elfrid Payton

Louisiana

Sun Belt

6-3

Jr.

G
Dwight Powell

Stanford

Pac-12

6-10

Sr.

F
Julius Randle

Kentucky

SEC

6-9

Fr.

F
Juvonte Reddic

VCU

Atlantic 10

6-9

Sr.

F
Glenn Robinson III

Michigan

Big Ten

6-6

So.

F
LaQuinton Ross

Ohio State

Big Ten

6-8

Jr.

F
Wayne Selden, Jr.

Kansas

Big 12

6-5

Fr.

G
Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State

Big 12

6-4

So.

G
Russ Smith

Louisville

The American

6-0

Sr.

G
Jarnell Stokes

Tennessee

SEC

6-8

Jr.

F
Rasheed Sulaimon

Duke

ACC

6-4

So.

G
Noah Vonleh

Indiana

Big Ten

6-10

Fr.

F
Dez Wells

Maryland

ACC

6-5

Jr.

G/F
Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G
Kendall Williams

New Mexico

Mountain West

6-4

Sr.

G
James Young

Kentucky

SEC

6-6

Fr.

G


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