The Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award was released today. Chosen by a preseason poll of national media members, the list is comprised of 50 players who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list.
The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students.
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.
Looking at the list (which follows in its entirety at the end of this post) early favorites are North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. Both could have declared early for the NBA this past spring, and would have likely been taken in the to...