The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 and six student-athletes from the Big 12 are on the list.
Baylor (Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson) and Kansas (Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden) both have multiple players on the list, while Oklahoma State is represented by All-American Marcus Smart.
The six athletes for the Big 12 ranks third among all conferences.
The three players by KU are tied for the second-most of any school in the nation. Baylor is one of seven schools with two players recognized. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the prestigious honor.
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-America 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-America 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 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. 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-America recipients.