Kentucky ahead Oscar Tshiebwe must fend off critical competitors to make historical past as a two-time males’s faculty basketball Wooden Award winner.
Tshiebwe (16.8 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG) anchors the John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s midseason high 25 checklist for 2022-23 that was launched Wednesday. He might change into the second two-time winner of the lads’s Wooden Award, precisely 40 years after former Virginia star Ralph Sampson received it in 1982 and 1983.
However, Tshiebwe arguably will not be the frontrunner for the award.
This version of the lads’s midseason checklist options Zach Edey (21.7 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.2 BPG), who has led Purdue to the AP No. 1 rating, Gonzaga’s Drew Timme (22.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG), who has put up the perfect numbers of his profession and Kansas star Jalen Wilson (20.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG), who has positioned the Jayhawks to chase a high seed and doubtlessly defend their nationwide title.
A number of mid-major stars made the checklist, together with Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis (3,103 profession factors, seventh all-time), who’s projected to complete the 12 months ranked second all-time in scoring in Division I historical past, and Jordan “Jelly” Walker (25.2 PPG), the UAB star main the nation in scoring.
Houston star Marcus Sasser and different upperclassmen occupy the majority of the slots on the midseason checklist. But 4 freshmen — Kansas’ Gradey Dick, Duke’s Kyle Filipowski, Baylor’s Keyonte George and Alabama’s Brandon Miller — are on the checklist.
Despite North Carolina’s struggles this season, two Tar Heels gamers, Armando Bacot and Caleb Love, made the checklist.
Players who didn’t make the midseason checklist can nonetheless earn a spot as a Wooden Award finalist. During the 2012-13 season, former Indiana star Victor Oladipo was not on the midseason checklist, however he completed second within the race to Michigan’s Trey Burke, the winner that 12 months.
The Wooden Award might be offered April 7, 2023.
An entire take a look at the lads’s Wooden Award midseason high 25:
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 6-11, Sr., F/C
Marcus Carr, Texas, 6-2, Sr., G
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy, 6-1, Sr., G
Kendric Davis, Memphis, 6-0, Sr., G
Gradey Dick, Kansas, 6-8, Fr., G
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan, 7-1, Jr., C
Zach Edey, Purdue, 7-4, Jr., C
Kyle Filipowski, Duke, 7-0, Fr., C
Adam Flagler, Baylor, 6-3, Sr., G
Keyonte George, Baylor, 6-4, Fr., G
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana, 6-9, Sr., F
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA, 6-7, Sr., G/F
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 6-4, Jr., G
Mike Miles Jr., TCU, 6-2, Jr., G
Brandon Miller, Alabama, 6-9, Fr., F
Kris Murray, Iowa, 6-8, Jr., F
Adama Sanogo, UConn, 6-9, Jr., F
Marcus Sasser, Houston, 6-2, Sr., G
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 6-4, Soph., G
Drew Timme, Gonzaga, 6-10, Sr., F
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky, 6-9, Sr., F
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona, 6-11, Jr., F
Jordan Walker, UAB, 5-11, Sr., G
Jalen Wilson, Kansas, 6-8, Jr., F
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 6-4, Jr., G