Gonzaga's Johnathan Williams named to Wooden Award top 50

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

Young is among 50 players, and 1-of-10 freshmen, who are considered strong candidates for the award, which is given to the top Division I men's basketball player of the year who has proven to be making progress toward graduation with a 2.0 GPA or higher. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women's college basketball media members.

Young made his collegiate debut on Sunday, producing 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 26 minutes to help lead the Sooners to a 108-89 win over Omaha. Williams was named to the Naismith Trophy watch list last week.

Wichita State sophomore guard Landry Shamet is one of 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award.

Nineteen players on the list are seniors, headlined by A'ja Wilson, last season's most outstanding player at the Final Four who led SC to the 2017 NCAA title. Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. Washington's Kelsey Plum was last season's recipient, and was joined on the 2016 Women's Wooden Award All-American team by Collier, Samuelson, Mitchell and Wilson. The victor of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 6, 2018.

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