Blackmon Jr., Bryant named to Wooden Award preseason top 50

  • 11/15/2016 1:29 pm in

Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. and sophomore forward Thomas Bryant have been named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, the national advisory board for the award announced on Tuesday.

A total of 10 Big Ten players were named to the list as the two IU players joined Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Iowa’s Peter Jok, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and Malcolm Hill of Illinois.

Former Indiana All-American and Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993.

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both finalists for the award during the 2012-2013 season and Yogi Ferrell was a finalist for the award last season.

The winner of the 2017 award will be announced on ESPN on April 7, 2017. The complete preseason top 50 list is available at this link.

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  • Get that sixth banner, and one of those two should win it. Or OG, if he sneaks in.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If Blackmon can shoot 45% or better from long range and average around 20 ppg he should be in the running for this. Especially if Indiana keeps winning and contends for another conference title. Thomas needs to average a double double and I think he can do it. We could end up with 2 or even 3 All Americans.

  • Welp, that settles it! OG needs to stay another year! Woo hoo!

  • with a 6th banner, I’d allow all three of them to tie.

  • Gets my vote.

  • Larry Brown

    By end of season, OG will certainly be in the discussion. And I will be shocked if he is not Big Ten defensive player of the year

  • Bruce Clark

    IU players in line for lots of awards this year: love seeing the recognition.

    Baylor 66, #4 Oregon 49. IU moving up! Some great games tonight.

  • IUowns

    I really believe regardless of who wins tonight’s games, we should be in the top 5 next week. Long way to go but could you ask for anything better to hype you up for the season? Let’s GO HOOSIERS!!

  • ForeverIU

    We’re already in the top 5.

  • IUowns

    Last I checked it was #6

  • ForeverIU

    USA Today is #5 🙂