Four Big 12 men's basketball players have been named to the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy's® Midseason Top 25, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The victor of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced in early April during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show. Previous winners include Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984) and Tim Duncan (1997). He's averaging 16.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 46.1 percent. The three other Big 12 players are Devonte' Graham of Kansas, Jevon Carter of West Virginia and Mohamed Bomba of Texas.
Maten has scored in double figures in 14 of the Bulldogs' 15 games, with seven 20-point outputs and seven double-doubles.
The final vote will include almost 1,000 voters who will rank in order their 10 top players from the list of 15.
Young tied the NCAA single-game assist record against Northwestern State back in December.
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So that's the main goal this year. "There needs to be some better weekends if [he's to be] top come Sunday afternoon", he added. But if Rickie can tighten up this statistic in the new year, that 2018 major could well be within his reach.
Landale is arguably the best centre in college basketball right now, and is joined by Seton Hall's Angel Delgado as one of only two centres named on the list.
Through nine weeks, Young has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors five times - the second most in a season in conference history, behind only Blake Griffin (also of Oklahoma) with six honors in 2008-09.
The full Midseason Top 25 list can be viewed here.
Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for the Wooden Award midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot.