It's been a good week for California men's basketball point guard Tyrone Wallace. He's scored a combined 44 points, dished out 15 assists, won two games and the Pac-12 Player of the Week Award, and now, he's been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List.
On Tuesday, Wallace, along with freshman teammate Jaylen Brown, were named to the prestigious list, chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, which is used to decide the Wooden Award -- college basketball's highest individual honor.
Wallace leads the Bears in scoring and assists so far this season, averaging 22.0 ppg and 7.5 apg through two games. Last year, the 6-foot-5 guard out of Bakersfield, Calif., earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the top point guard in the country. Wallace is on the Cousy Award Watch List this season.
Brown is contributing 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds over the first two games, and is one of seven freshmen on the Wooden Award list. Brown was a consensus top-5 recruit entering this year and his high school honors included McDonald’s All-American, 2015 Gatorade Georgia Boys’ Player of the Year, USA Today’s All-USA and Georgia’s Mr. Basketball.
The Wooden Award National Advisory Board will select 25 players to the Midseason Top 25 in early January. In early February, one last leading candidate list—the Late Season Top 20—will be announced, prior to the selection of 15 players to the National Ballot. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden.
Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during the early round games. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 8, 2016.
?Cal (2-0), which is ranked No. 15 in the nation by the Associated Press and No. 14 by USA Today, returns to the court Friday against East Carolina as part of the preliminary rounds of the Las Vegas Invitational. The contest tips off at 8 p.m. from Haas Pavilion.