UConn places 4 among midseason Wooden Award candidates

UConn places 4 among midseason Wooden Award candidates

Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams were all included on the list.

Through 15 games, the Norman native has put together nine double-doubles, 14 20-plus-point games and five 30-plus-point games.

The Sooner superman leads the nation in scoring (29.2) and assists (10.2). She averages 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

Williams now leads the American Athletic Conference in defensive rebounds with 6.9. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring, tied for ninth in rebounding, 16th in blocked shots and leads the league in free throw percentage (88.6 percent).

The list, selected by college basketball experts, is made up of players who are considered primary candidates for the Wooden National Player of the Year award.

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The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list will be featured on ESPN2 tonight at 12 a.m. Gustafson is now ranked in the top-15 nationally in 10 categories. Voting will be open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and continue through the first weekend of the tournament. The announcement was made by ESPNW and the Wooden Award on Thursday. The victor of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on Friday, April 6, 2018.

The only sophomore to win the Wooden Award, according to ESPN, was Connecticut's Maya Moore in 2009.

Bridges was also on the preseason top 50 list.

Last year's recipients were Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas. The victor of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced in early April during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

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