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Kentucky's Randle, Louisville's Smith named to Wooden mid-season list

Kentucky forward Julius Randle pushed his way into the lane Tuesday against Texas A&M.
Kentucky forward Julius Randle pushed his way into the lane Tuesday against Texas A&M. Herald Leader

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith were among the Midseason Top 25 named Wednesday for the Wooden Award, which is presented to college basketball's top player at season's end.

Randle was one of four Kentucky players named to the pre-season watch list of 50 players but the only Cat to make the mid-season list. Smith was one of two Cardinals honored in the pre-season.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 freshman, leads Kentucky (14-4) in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.7 points and 10.6 boards per game.

Smith, a 6-foot senior, leads Louisville (16-3) in scoring (18.4 points per game), assists (90), steals (37) and three-pointers (41).

The players on the mid-season list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 players. The players not chosen to the mid-season list are still eligible for the ballot.

Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Andrew Harrison and James Young were among the pre-season top 50 for Kentucky. Sophomore Montrezl Harrell made that list for Louisville.

Randle was one of five freshmen on the Midseason Top 25, joining Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Jabari Parker of Duke and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.

Randle was one of three Southeastern Conference players named, joining senior Casey Prather of Florida and junior Jordan Clarkson of Missouri.

Smith and UConn's Shabazz Napier were the only representatives from the American Athletic Conference.

Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

Kyle Anderson 6-9 So. G/F UCLA

Keith Appling 6-1 Sr. G Michigan St.

Cameron Bairstow 6-9 Sr. F New Mexico

Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. G Missouri

Aaron Craft 6-2 Sr. G Ohio St.

Sam Dekker 6-7 So. F Wisconsin

Cleanthony Early 6-8 Sr. F Wichita St.

Tyler Ennis 6-2 Fr. G Syracuse

C.J. Fair 6-8 Sr. F Syracuse

Aaron Gordon 6-9 Fr. F Arizona

Rodney Hood 6-8 So. F Duke

Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. G Arizona

DeAndre Kane 6-4 Sr. G Iowa St.

Doug McDermott 6-8 Sr. F Creighton

Shabazz Napier 6-1 Sr. G UConn

Jabari Parker 6-8 Fr. F Duke

Adreian Payne 6-10 Sr. C Michigan St.

Casey Prather 6-6 Sr. F Florida

Julius Randle 6-9 Fr. F Kentucky

Marcus Smart 6-4 So. G Oklahoma St.

Russ Smith 6-0 Sr. G Louisville

T.J. Warren 6-8 So. F N. Carolina St.

Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. G Kansas

Chaz Williams 5-9 Sr. G UMass

Joseph Young 6-2 Jr. G Oregon

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