The John R. Wooden Award revealed its Midseason Top 25 list on Wednesday, and it can be characterized by new faces. Exactly one player who was recognized on the list at this point last season made it again — Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble.
Duke was one of five schools that had three players on the preseason list, but Grayson Allen, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum did not make the midseason list. Giles and Tatum have missed games due to injury, and Allen’s role has changed, as he hasn’t played up to expectations.
Five schools each have two candidates represented on the midseason list: North Carolina (Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson); UCLA (Lonzo Ball, Leaf); Kentucky (Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox); Kansas (Frank Mason III, Josh Jackson); and Wisconsin (Ethan Happ, Nigel Hayes).
The ACC, which led the preseason watch list with 12 players selected, is currently represented by five players. The Pac-12 also have five representatives, while the Big Ten and Big 12 have four each.
It’s not too late for any eligible player not on the list to join in — but it is reaching crunch time. In February, a top 20 list will be released, before the final ballot is produced in March.
The results will be announced in April.