The Wooden Award 2020-21 Men’s Midseason Top 25 Watch List includes three Big 12 players — Baylor guard Jared Butler, Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham and West Virginia forward Derek Culver.
Butler and the Bears are the nation’s No. 2 team and face Oklahoma on Saturday. Butler goes into this weekend’s action averaging 15.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Cunningham and the Cowboys enter this weekend’s contest with West Virginia at 1-3 in league action. But Cunningham leads the entire Big 12 in scoring at 19.1 points per game. He’s also averaging 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Culver and the Mountaineers are ranked No. 14 in the nation going into their game with Texas this Saturday. Culver is averaging a double-double this season — 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, along with 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Culver is making his debut on the Wooden list, while Butler and Cunningham were on the preseason list.
The National Ballot will consist of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.
Wooden Award 2020-21 Men’s Midseason Top 25 Watch List
G Scottie Barnes, Florida State
F Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky
G James Bouknight, Connecticut
F Garrison Brooks, North Carolina
G Jared Butler, Baylor
G Marcus Carr, Minnesota
C Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
F Derek Culver, West Virginia
G Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
G Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
F John Fulkerson, Tennessee
C Luka Garza*
G Collin Gillespie, Villanova
G/F Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
F Sam Hauser
F Matthew Hurt, Duke
F Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
G Carlik Jones, Louisville
F Corey Kispert, Gonzaga
G Remy Martin, Arizona State
F Evan Mobley, USC
F Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova
G Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
F Drew Timme, Gonzaga
G Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton