UNC’s Harrison Barnes, OSU’s Sullinger Early Favorites for Wooden Award

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The Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award was released today. Chosen by a preseason poll of national media members, the list is comprised of 50 players who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list.

The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students.

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Illinois’ Demetri McCamey on Official Wooden Award Watch List

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As he enters his senior year, Illinois point guard Demetri McCamey has secured his reputation as among the top players not only in the Big Ten, but the nation.

No one has doubted McCamey’s potential, but there have been questions aplenty about his work ethic and maturity. However, he’s made big strides all three years that he’s been in Champaign, and now he finds himself a candidate to join his former high school teammate and friend Evan Turner as a winner of the Wooden Award.

Eleven conferences are represented on the Wooden Award Preseason List. Leading the way is the Big 10 (10), followed by the ACC (8), Big East (7), SEC (3), Big 12 (7), Pac-10 (6), Atlantic 10 (3), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2); and Conference USA, and the Horizon League with one apiece.

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My Wooden Award Ballot Part One

By: David Kay

For the second straight year, I received the honor and privilege of casting my vote for the 2009-2010 John R. Wooden Award given to college basketball’s most outstanding player.

The process goes as such; you receive a ballot with 26 pre-determined players.  You choose the top ten players and vote 1-10, one being for who you think should win the Wooden Award.  If you cast a write-in vote, your ballot is immediately nullified.  The results are then tabulated and determine not only the Wooden Award winner, but also the AP All-American teams.

I waited until after the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament to finalize my ballot because I think the tourney should play a major role in how valuable a player has been to his team and to the game.  I took several factors into account and here is how my vote went:
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Boilermakers Big 10 Chances Depend on Robbie Hummel

By Paul M. Banks

If Purdue is going to get back into the Big Ten race, a lot of it will depend on their star forward Robbie Hummel.

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