Sherron Collins is the only Jayhawk nominated for the award this year. Last season, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush were recognized on the mid-season list in 2007-08.
Among the 30 players on the 2008-09 mid-season list, three players from
the Big 12 Conference are included. Besides Collins, Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and Texas' A.J. Abrams were also recognized.
The John R. Wooden Award is the nation's most coveted college
basketball honor. The award is chosen by The Los Angeles Athletic
Club's John R. Wooden Award Committee. The top 30 players competing for
the award are based on individual player performance and team records
during the first half of the season.
Collins leads Kansas this season in scoring (18.2), assists (5.1) and
steals (1.2). The Chicago, Ill., product has led KU to a 7-0 start in
the Big 12 Conference, as the Jayhawks are one of two remaining
undefeated teams in conference play.
Rush was named Wooden Award All-American in 2007 and 2008. Prior to
Rush, Wayne Simien was a Wooden Award All-American in 2005. Kansas
current assistant coach Danny Manning won the Wooden Award as the
nation's outstanding player in 1988. He was also a Wooden Award
All-American in 1986.
2009 Wooden Award
Midseason Top 30
Candidates (in alphabetical order)
A.J. Abrams, Texas (Sr., 5-11, G)
Jeff Adrien, Connecticut (Sr., 6-7, F)
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh (So., 6-7, F)
Jon Brockman, Washington (Sr., 6-7, F)
Nick Calathes, Florida (So., 6-6, G/F)
Sherron Collins, Kansas (Jr., 5-11, G)
Darren Collison, UCLA (Sr., 6-0, G)
Stephen Curry, Davidson (Jr., 6-3, G)
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse (So., 6-0, G)
Taj Gibson, USC (Jr., 6-9, F)
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma (So., 6-10, F)
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (Sr., 6-9, F)
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (Jr., 6-8, F)
James Harden, Arizona State (So., 6-4, G)
Manny Harris, Michigan (So., 6-5, G)
Gerald Henderson, Duke (Jr., 6-4, G/F)
Jordan Hill, Arizona (Jr., 6-10, F)
Matt Howard, Butler (So., 6-7, F)
Ty Lawson, North Carolina (Jr., 5-11, G)
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State (So., 6-0, F)
Wesley Matthews, Marquette (Sr., 6-5, G)
Jerel McNeal, Marquette (Sr., 6-3, G)
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky (Jr., 6-4, G)
Greg Monroe, Georgetown (Fr., 6-11, C)
Kyle Singler, Duke (So., 6-8, F)
Tyler Smith, Tennessee (Jr., 6-7, F)
Jeff Teague, Wake Forest (So., 6-2, G)
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut (Jr., 7-3, C)
Terrence Williams, Louisville (Sr., 6-6, F)
Sam Young, Pittsburgh (Jr., 6-6, F)
Kansas Wooden Award
1986 – Danny Manning
1988 – Danny Manning (also Wooden Award winner)
1996 – Jacque Vaughn
1997 – Raef LaFrentz, Jacque Vaughn
1998 – Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce
2002 – Drew Gooden
2003 – Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich
2005 – Wayne Simien
2007 – Brandon Rush
2008 – Brandon Rush
Collins a Mid-Season Wooden Candidate
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