Angeles (January 17, 2012) -- Creighton forward Doug McDermott was part of the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, announced today by The
Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPNU’s The
Experts sports talk show.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory
Board, 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 college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
McDermott is a sophomore who leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring (24.3), rebounding (8.5), double-doubles (6), field goal percentage (.621) and three-point percentage (.532). He ranks second nationally in scoring and 11th in field goal percentage. His 44 points at Bradley on Jan. 9 are the most in the nation in one game by any player this season. On Jan. 15, he became the nation's only active sophomore to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
With McDermott's assistance, Creighton is 16-2 on the season and tied for first in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bluejays are ranked No. 19 in this week's Associated Press poll.
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 American
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 Big Ten,
SEC, ACC and Big East conferences boast four selections apiece to the Midseason
Top 25, followed by the Big 12 with three. The Missouri Valley Conference,
Conference USA, MAAC, Big West, Mountain West and Big Sky each had one player selected.
The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place on
Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor winners, All Americans and the Legends of
Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The John R. Wooden Award winner
will be announced the weekend of the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.
the John R. Wooden Award
in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R.
Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor 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 include such notables as Larry Bird (’79),
Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Blake Griffin (’09) and Maya Moore of
Connecticut (’09 and ’11). BYU’s Jimmer Fredette was the Wooden Award winner in
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, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans,
takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden
the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com.