Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky and Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell of Louisville were named Wednesday to the midseason top 25 watch list for college basketball's John R. Wooden Award for Player of the Year.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the frontrunners based on their performances during the first half of the 2014-15 season.
Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, a transfer from Kentucky, also made the Wooden top 25, as did Louisville native D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.
Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot forward, has started all 16 games for the top-ranked Wildcats. He's averaging 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Olathe, Kan., native leads UK with 27 steals and also has 31 blocks.
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Rozier, a sophomore guard, is averaging 17.4 points per game to lead Louisville. Harrell, a junior forward, is the Cardinals' second-leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and leading rebounder (8.9 rpg).
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 the voters prior to the NCAA Tournament. Voting will take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
WOODEN AWARD TOP 25
Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6-6, junior
Ron Baker, Wichita State, 6-4, junior
Ryan Boatright, Connecticut, 6-0, senior
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7-0, junior
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana, 6-0, junior
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, 6-5, senior
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, 6-8, junior
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, 6-4, senior
Tyler Haws, BYU, 6-5, senior
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, 6-4, junior
Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6-7, freshman
Tyus Jones, Duke, 6-1, freshman
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, 7-0, senior
Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6-8, sophomore
Georges Niang, Iowa State, 6-8, junior
Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6-11, freshman
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga, 6-2, senior
Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6-11, sophomore
Chasson Randle, Stanford, 6-2, senior
Terry Rozier, Louisville, 6-1, sophomore
D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6-5, freshman
Juwan Staten, West Virginia, 6-1, senior
Melo Trimble, Maryland, 6-3, freshman
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga, 6-10, junior
Delon Wright, Utah, 6-5, senior