Kansas City (Big 12) - The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list has been announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club and the Big 12 is well-represented. Seven league student-athletes are among the group of the top players from across the nation.
Big 12 standouts among the top 50 list include: LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Alec Burks & Cory Higgins (Colorado), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Kim English (Missouri) and Jordan Hamilton (Texas). The Big 12 was tied for the third-most representatives on the list among conferences. CU was one of six schools nationally that had multiple representatives in the group.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 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. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round during the NCAA Tournament.
The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.