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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2018) - Junior Jordan Murphy (198-F-97) has put up numbers among the best in the nation halfway through the season, and on Thursday, the Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's Midseason Top 25 on Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.

Murphy leads the nation with 17 double-doubles, seeing a streak of 17 straight games to open the season with double figures in two categories. That mark was the best to open a season since Tim Duncan of Wake Forest did the same in the 1996-97 season. Murphy is second in the nation and leads the Big Ten in rebounds per game (12.1), and ranks third in the conference in scoring (18.3 ppg). His 4.7 offensive rebounds per game leads the nation.

On the 2018 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, five players debut on the Wooden Watchâ„¢ after not being named on the Preseason Top 50: Mikal Bridges of Villanova, Tra Holder of Arizona State, Luke Maye of North Carolina, Brandon McCoy of UNLV, and Jordan Murphy of Minnesota. Four schools have two players that were chosen: Arizona (Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier), Duke (Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III), North Carolina (Joel Berry II and Luke Maye), and Villanova (Bridges and Jalen Brunson).

The ACC and Big East lead all conferences with five selections each, followed by the Big 12 and Pac-12 with four apiece; the Big Ten and SEC with two apiece; and The American, Mountain West and WCC with one selection each.

he players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The ten-man Wooden Award All American Teamâ„¢ will be announced the week of the 'Elite Eight' round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on Friday, April 6, 2018.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and last year's recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad: - 4 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86). He was the major contributor in Homenetmen's victory against the third-ranked Champville in the Lebanese LBL in Sunday night's game.    [read more]

Seton Hall senior goes from utter despair to chance at redemption - 6 days ago
At the time he suffered his left ankle injury, and for several days afterward, Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96) thought his Seton Hall career was over. That he would have to watch the rest of his senior season from the sideline. That his March would be full of regret. It was a helpless feeling. 'I was depressed,' the Bronx native said Monday after practice. 'I was angry and sad at the same time. That day, [almost] three weeks ago, I didn't think I was going to be back on the floor [this year].'   [read more]

NCAA MARCH MADNESS WHO IS IN? Virgin Islands national team member Justin Gray (198-F-95), a fixture in Texas Tech's starting lineup the past two years, is trying to become the second member of his immediate family to reach a Sweet 16. Older brother Jonathan (also a Virgin Islands National team member) guided Cornell to the NCAA's second weekend in 2010. Gray possesses modest numbers (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg) but has started all 33 games for the Red Raiders. The Red Raiders were given the No. 3 s...   [read more]

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