The list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for the annual college basketball honor.
All collegiate basketball players, including transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are eligible for this midseason list. In addition, all players will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists 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 John R. Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards because it takes into account performance in the postseason.
The John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced the weekend of the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana. Previous Big 12 winners include Blake Griffin of Oklahoma (2008-09), Kevin Durant (2006-07) and T.J. Ford (2002-03) of Texas.