Terrico White Named Wooden Award Preseason Candidate
LOS ANGELES - Ole Miss sophomore Terrico White, the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year, has been named a preseason candidate for the 2009-10 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy, announced Wednesday by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder.
The list of candidates is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Last year, White was named the SEC's top freshman by both the league coaches and Associated Press after he averaged 18.4 points per game in conference play, most among league freshmen and fourth-most among all players. The Memphis, Tenn., native also received Freshman All-America distinction from several outlets and All-SEC second-team status. He racked up at least 20 points in nine games after being forced to move to point guard following a season-ending injury to all-star floor general Chris Warren.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March.
Six other players from the SEC are included on the list. They are South Carolina's Devan Downey, LSU's Tasmin Mitchell, A.J. Ogilvy of Vanderbilt, Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, Tennessee's Tyler Smith and Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State.
Nine schools had two players chosen to the Wooden Award preseason Top 50 and all are familiar names to fans who followed college basketball a season ago: Kansas (Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich), Michigan State (Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan) Duke (Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer), Michigan (DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris), North Carolina (Ed Davis, Deon Thompson), Purdue (Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore), Connecticut (Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson), Villanova (Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher) and West Virginia (Devin Ebanks, Da'Sean Butler).
Eleven conferences are represented on the Wooden Award Preseason List. Leading the way is the Big East (11), followed by the ACC (10), Big Ten (8), SEC (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (3), and Atlantic 10, CAA, Conference USA, WAC and West Coast with one apiece.
In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and Blake Griffin ('09). Candace Parker of Tennessee won the Women's Wooden Award in 2007 and 2008.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the Friday prior to the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5206 or email at email@example.com.
2009-10 John R. Wooden Award
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
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