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Wooden Award announces midseason Top 25 list

Nick Schultz01/04/23
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Conference play is off and running across college basketball, meaning it’s time to take stock of the top players in the game at the mid-way point of the season. The Wooden Award — given to the most outstanding player in college basketball — dropped its midseason Top 25 list on Wednesday.

Three teams have two players on the list, led by North Carolina, which saw returning stars Armando Bacot and Caleb Love up for the award.

Kentucky star Oscar Tshiebwe — last year’s Wooden Award winner — made the list once again as he’s in the midst of another impressive campaign with the Wildcats. He’s once again averaging a double-double with 16.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game to lead the Kentucky roster. He has been one of the bright spots during an up-and-down start to the season for Kentucky, which includes a big 74-71 win over LSU earlier this week.

One of the top candidates for national player of the year is Purdue big man Zach Edey, who’s been a key piece of the Boilermakers offense this season. He’s averaging 21.7 points per game, which ranks No. 9 in the nation, and 13.4 boards per game — second in the country only to Tshiebwe. He’s been a key part of Purdue’s success this year and helped the Boilermakers to a No. 1 ranking before this week’s loss to Rutgers.

Here’s the full midseason Top 25 list for the Wooden Award:

Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Marcus Carr
, Texas
Antoine Davis
, Detroit Mercy
Kendric Davis
, Memphis
Gradey Dick
, Kansas
Hunter Dickinson
, Michigan
Zach Edey
, Purdue
Kyle Filipowski
, Duke
Adam Flagler
, Baylor
Keyonte George
, Baylor
Trayce Jackson-Davis
, Indiana
Jaime Jaquez
Caleb Love
, North Carolina
Mike Miles
Brandon Miller
, Alabama
Kris Murray
, Iowa
Adama Sanogo
, UConn
Marcus Sasser
, Houston
Terquavion Smith
, NC State
Drew Timme
, Gonzaga
Oscar Tshiebwe
, Kentucky
Azuolas Tubelis
, Arizona
Jordan Walker
Jalen Wilson
, Kansas
Isaiah Wong
, Miami