State Players on John Wooden Award Preseason List

Oklahoma basketball: Trae Young named to Wooden Award watch list

The other four nominees from the Big 12 are Texas's Mohamed Bamba, Oklahoma's Trae Young, West Virginia's Jevon Carter and Oklahoma State's Jeffrey Carroll. Some experts seem to think so.

Kansas senior guard Devonte' Graham and redshirt sophomore guard Malik Newman were announced to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list on Tuesday afternoon.

The award is given to the nation's best basketball player who has proven that he is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Washington's Kelsey Plum was last season's recipient, and was joined on the 2016 Women's Wooden Award All-American team by Collier, Samuelson, Mitchell and Wilson.

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Oklahoma is the only school to have multiple award winners in the past 14 years with Buddy Hield and Blake Griffin winning the award in 2016 and 2009, respectively. He tallied 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and two blocks, with just three turnovers, in his career debut Sunday, a 108-89 win over Omaha at Lloyd Noble Center.

The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players.

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