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Three Named To Wooden Award Final Ballot
March 09, 2013
The John R. Wooden Award Ballot has been announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club and the Big 12 has three men's basketball standouts in the group. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for one of college basketball's most prestigious honors. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Big 12 representatives are Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore of Kansas, along with Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart. The Conference has two of the three freshman on the list in McLemore and Smart. The three Big 12 selections were tied for the second-most of any conference.

The Wooden Award All-America Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy's will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is among the most prestigious individual honors 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 from the Big 12 include Blake Griffin (Oklahoma, 2008-09), Kevin Durant (Texas, 2006-07) and T.J. Ford (Texas, 2002-03).

2013 Wooden Award Men's Ballot
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Jeff Withey, Kansas

Anthony Bennett, UNLV
Trey Burke, Michigan
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Shane Larkin, Miami (Fla.)
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Cody Zeller, Indiana

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