"A national poll was conducted by the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Committee to determine the Top 50 Preseason Candidates for the 2004-2005 Wooden Award All-American Team. The top 50 candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. The student-athletes selected are all returning players. Incoming freshman and transfer students are not included. These athletes and other players who excel throughout the season will be eligible for the Midseason Top 30 list and the National Ballot.
In mid January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 on CBS Sports. On Tuesday, March 29, 2005, the ten player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Saturday April 9, 2005 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be televised live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club on CBS Sports. For more information please visit WoodenAward.com."
NC State guard Julius Hodge returns for his senior season after winning the ACC Player of the Year award as a junior.