Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Players

    
October 25th, 2006

LOS ANGELES – After tallying the ballots of the National Preseason Selection Committee, the John R. Wooden Award today announced the top 50 preseason candidates for the Men’s 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American Team.  The list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most coveted trophy.  These top 50 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason top 30 list and the National Ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason top 30 and ballot.

“With so many talented players across the country the committee had a tough time deciding on 50 candidates,” said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. “15 conferences are represented this year, which shows the parity in college basketball today.  These preseason selections represent the elite and our team at the Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation prove their case as college basketball’s player of the year.”

 

Candidates have been selected from 15 NCAA conferences, up from 11 last year.  Conferences include the ACC (eight players), the Big 12 (eight players), the Pac-10 (seven players), the Big East (seven players), the SEC (six players), the Big 10 (four players), the Mountain West (two players), the Atlantic 10 (one player), the Conf. USA (one player), the Western Athletic (one player), the Mid Continent (one player), the Sun Belt (one player), the Horizon League (one player), the Colonial Athletic Association (one player), and the Big Sky (one player).

 

Smaller conferences saw their star players and teams represented by the Wooden Award’s preseason selection; a testament to the increased talent level across the country.  However, the college basketball juggernauts have made their presence felt as well with several big name schools having multiple players nominated.  The returning 2006 National Champions, Florida, is represented by Corey Brewer, Al Horford, and Joakim Noah from last year’s starting five.  Among those teams that have two players represented are, UCLA, Alabama, Georgetown, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arizona. The national spotlight will not only be on these players but on these teams as they enter the 2006-07season.

 

 

All-American Team – Top 50 Candidates

(Based on a preseason poll.  Players listed alphabetically.)

 

Aaron

Afflalo

6'5"

Jr.

G

UCLA

De’Angelo

Alexander

6'6"

Sr.

G

Charlotte

Morris

Almond

6’6”

Sr.

G

Rice

Corey

Brewer

6'9"

Jr.

F

Florida

Jon

Brockman

6'7"

So.

F

Washington

Jamar

Butler

6’2’

Jr.

G

Ohio State

Coleman

Collins

6’9”

Sr.

F

Virginia Tech

JamesOn

Curry

6'3"

Jr.

G

Oklahoma State

Jermareo

Davidson

6'10"

Sr.

F

Alabama

Glen

Davis*

6'9"

Jr.

F

LSU

Jared

Dudley

6'7"

Sr.

F

Boston College

Nick

Fazekas

6'11"

Sr.

F

Nevada

Aaron

Gray

7'0"

Sr.

C

Pittsburgh

Jeff

Green

6'9"

Jr.

F

Georgetown

Caleb

Green

6'8"

Sr.

F

Oral Roberts

Malik

Hairston

6'6"

Jr.

G

Oregon

Adam

Haluska

6’5”

Sr.

G

Iowa

Lamont

Hamilton

6'10

Jr.

F

St. John's

Tyler

Hansbrough

6'9"

So.

F

North Carolina

Brandon

Heath

6’4”

Sr.

G

San Diego State

Roy

Hibbert

7'2"

Jr.

C

Georgetown

Al

Horford

6'10"

Jr.

F/C

Florida

Jarrius

Jackson

6'2"

Sr.

G

Texas Tech

Dominic

James

5'11"

So.

G

Marquette

Joseph

Jones

6’9”

Jr.

F/C

Texas A&M

Acie

Law

6’3”

Sr.

G

Texas A&M

Courtney

Lee

6’5”

Jr.

G/F

Western Kentucky

Chris

Lofton

6’2”

Jr.

G

Tennessee

Luc Richard

Mbah a Monute

6'7"

So.

F

UCLA

Josh

McRoberts

6'10"

So.

F

Duke

Sammy

Mejia

6'6"

Sr.

G

DePaul

Joakim

Noah

6'11"

Jr.

F/C

Florida

David

Padgett

6'11"

Jr.

F/C

Louisville

Brian

Randle

6'8"

Jr.

F

Illinois

Richard

Roby

6’6”

Jr.

G

Colorado

Brandon

Rush

6'6"

So.

G

Kansas

Blake

Schilb

6’7”

Sr.

G

Loyola (Chicago)

Mustafa

Shakur

6'3"

Sr.

G

Arizona

Sean

Singletary

6'0"

Jr.

G

Virginia

Jason

Smith

7’0”

Jr.

F

Colorado State

Ronald

Steele

6’3”

Jr.

G

Alabama

Loren

Stokes

6’3”

Sr.

G

Hofstra

Rodney

Stuckey

6'5"

So.

G

Eastern Washington

Kammron

Taylor

6'2"

Sr.

G

Wisconsin

Reyshawn

Terry

6'8"

Sr.

F

North Carolina

Al

Thornton

6'8"

Sr.

F

Florida State

Alando

Tucker

6’6”

Sr.

F

Wisconsin

Ayinde

Ubaka

6’4”

Sr.

G

California

Marcus

Williams

6'7"

So.

F

Arizona

Julian

Wright

6'8"

So.

F

Kansas

 

* Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.

 

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, 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 cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Andrew Bogut (’05), and last year’s recipients, Seimone Augustus (’06) and J.J. Redick.