LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy's® Midseason Top 25. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.
The SEC leads all conferences with seven selections on the Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC, Pac-12, and The American with four selections apiece, and the Big 12 and Big Ten with three each.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen 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 will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on Friday, April 6.
Wooden Award 2017-18 Midseason Top 25
|Ariel Atkins||Texas||Big 12||5-11||Sr.||G|
|Kalani Brown||Baylor||Big 12||6-7||Jr.||C|
|Chennedy Carter||Texas A&M||SEC||5-7||Fr.||G|
|Napheesa Collier#||Connecticut||The American||6-1||Jr.||F|
|Katelynn Flaherty||Michigan||Big Ten||5-7||Sr.||G|
|Megan Gustafson||Iowa||Big Ten||6-3||Jr.||F|
|Brooke McCarty||Texas||Big 12||5-4||Sr.||G|
|Teaira McCowan||Mississippi State||SEC||6-7||Jr.||C|
|Kelsey Mitchell#||Ohio State||Big Ten||5-8||Sr.||G|
|Kia Nurse||Connecticut||The American||6-0||Sr.||G|
|Arike Ogunbowale||Notre Dame||ACC||5-8||Jr.||G|
|Katie Lou Samuelson#||Connecticut||The American||6-3||Jr.||G/F|
|Shakayla Thomas||Florida State||ACC||5-11||Sr.||F|
|Victoria Vivians||Mississippi State||SEC||6-1||Sr.||G|
|Gabby Williams||Connecticut||The American||5-11||Sr.||F|
|A'ja Wilson#||South Carolina||SEC||6-5||Sr.||F|
# indicates player selected as a 2016-17 Wooden Award All American