James Anderson, Oklahoma State
The top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award have been named by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. The Big 12 has five student-athletes on the list, the second-highest total among all conferences.
Kansas is one of three schools that has multiple players on the list and the only one with three athletes included. The Jayhawks representatives are senior Sherron Collins, junior Cole Aldrich and freshman Xavier Henry.
The other Big 12 standouts joining the KU trio are James Anderson of Oklahoma State and Damion James of Texas. Overall, more than 90 different players received votes. Henry and Anderson were among 10 players who were not on the preseason list that were added for the midseason tally.
Composed of the players who will compete for this season’s player of the year award, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season.
Just as players who are not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason list, players who do not make the midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee. Players selected to the national ballot will have to be certified by their university as making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
More than 1,000 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from across the nation, will then cast their votes to determine both the 10-member All-America Team and Player of the Year. In late March, the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced. About the John R. Wooden Award
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, will take place on April 9, 2010.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the one of 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 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-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 all-day tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award weekend.BIG 12 PLAYERS ON MIDSEASON WOODEN AWARD LIST
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, Jr., C
Sherron Collins, Kansas, Sr., G
Xavier Henry, Kansas, Fr., G
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, Jr., G
Damion James, Texas, Sr., G/F