Rush Named To Wooden Midseason AA Team

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sophomore Brandon Rush, Kansas' leading scorer and the preseason Big 12 Co-Player of the Year, was named to the Wooden Award Midseason All-American Team Tuesday by the John R. Wooden Award Committee.

Brandon Rush was one of 30 student-athletes named to the team who will compete for this season's player of the year award.

Rush is averaging 14.3 points, six rebounds and two assists per game for the No. 6 Jayhawks. His numbers have increased during Big 12 Conference play, as the Kansas City, Mo., native is averaging 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and two three-pointers per league contest. In fact, in his last three contests, all of which Kansas won by at least 20 points, Rush is shooting 56 percent from the field and averaging 19.7 points and eight rebounds per game.

"Perhaps more than any other year, the Midseason Selection Committee had an incredibly difficult task narrowing the list to 30 players," said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. "Ten players that were not on the preseason list made the midseason list; an incredible number that shows players across the nation stepped up and made a case for themselves. We look forward to watching this group of amazing athletes as we determine the top candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team."

On Tuesday, March 27, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. The 2007 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Gene Keady of Purdue University, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 7, 2007. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.

Rush and the Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse Saturday night when they host No. 8 Texas A&M on ESPN. The game will be previewed live on ESPN College GameDay from Allen Fieldhouse.

Wooden Award Midseason
All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates

Aaron Afflalo 6'5" Jr. G UCLA
Morris Almond 6'6" Sr. G Rice
Mario Boggan 6'7" Sr. F/C Oklahoma State
Corey Brewer 6'9" Jr. F Florida
Aaron Brooks 6'0" Sr. G Oregon
Glen Davis* 6'9" Jr. F LSU
Jared Dudley 6'7" Sr. F Boston College
Kevin Durant 6'9" Fr. G/F Texas
Nick Fazekas 6'11" Sr. F Nevada
A.J. Graves 6'1" Jr. G Butler
Aaron Gray 7'0" Sr. C Pittsburgh
Taurean Green 6'0" Jr. G Florida
Tyler Hansbrough 6'9" So. F North Carolina
Jarrius Jackson 6'2" Sr. G Texas Tech
Dominic James 5'11" So. G Marquette
Acie Law 6'3" Sr. G Texas A&M
Chris Lofton 6'2" Jr. G Tennessee
Josh McRoberts 6'10" So. F Duke
Randolph Morris 6'11" Jr. C Kentucky
Drew Neitzel 6'0" Jr. G Michigan State
Demetris Nichols 6'8" Sr. F Syracuse
Joakim Noah 6'11" Jr. F/C Florida
Greg Oden 7'0" Fr. C Ohio State
Brandon Rush 6'6" So. G Kansas
Sean Singletary 6'0" Jr. G Virginia
Curtis Sumpter 6'7" Sr. F Villanova
Al Thornton 6'8" Sr. F Florida State
Alando Tucker 6'6" Sr. F Wisconsin
Marcus Williams 6'7" So. F Arizona
Brandan Wright 6'9" Fr. F North Carolina

(Players listed alphabetically. * Indicates player was a 2005-2006 All-American) Top Stories