Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has been named to the midseason 25-man watchlist for the John R. Wooden Award.
Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game.
Other Big Ten players on the midseason watchlist include Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn of Illinois, Iowa’s Luka Garza, Minnesota’s Marcus Carr and Ron Harper Jr. of Rutgers.
Here’s the full release, which was issued earlier today:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 6, 2021) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 Watch List today on ESPNU. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.
On the 2021 Wooden Award™ Midseason Top 25, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Derek Culver (West Virginia), Carlik Jones (Louisville), and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga). Three schools have multiple players on the list, led by Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Suggs, and Drew Timme), and followed by Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with six selections on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC with five, the Big East with four, the Big 12 and WCC with three selections each, the Pac-12 with two , and Conference USA and the SEC with one selection apiece.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists 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 midseason watch list:
Scottie Barnes, Florida State (6-9, Fr., G)
Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky (6-11, Jr., C)
James Bouknight, Connecticut (6-5, So., G)
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina (6-10, Sr., F)
Jared Butler, Baylor (6-3 , Jr., G)
Marcus Carr, Minnesota (6-2, Jr., G)
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (7-0, So., C)
Derek Culver, West Virginia (6-10, Jr., F)
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State (6-8, Fr., G)
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (6-5, Jr., G)
John Fulkerson, Tennessee (6-9, Sr., F)
Luka Garza, Iowa (6-11, Sr., C)
Collin Gillespie, Villanova (6-3, Sr., G)
Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (6-6, Jr., G/F)
Sam Hauser, Virginia (6-8, Sr., F)
Matthew Hurt, Duke (6-9, So., F)
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (6-9, So., F)
Carlik Jones, Louisville (6-1, Sr., G)
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga (6-7, Sr., F)
Remy Martin, Arizona State (6-0, Sr., G)
Evan Mobley, USC (7-0, Fr., F)
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova (6-9, So., F)
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga (6-4, Fr. G)
Drew Timme, Gonzaga (6-10, So., F)
Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton (6-2, Jr., G)
Filed to: Trayce Jackson-Davis