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  Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wooden Award Announces 05-06 Midseason Top 30 List
By Jonathan Givony

LOS href=/profile//> ANGELES href=/profile//> (January href=/profile//> 28, href=/profile//> 2006) href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> Following href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> thrilling href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> included href=/profile//> buzzer href=/profile//> beaters href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> ever-changing href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> ten, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> Committee href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> announced href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> (see href=/profile//> attached). href=/profile//> Composed href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> award, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> individual href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> records href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season.

The href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> includes href=/profile//> 2004-2005 href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-Americans href=/profile//> J.J. href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> (Duke) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> (Illinois), href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award. href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> ranks href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> (27.3 href=/profile//> ppg) href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 17-1 href=/profile//> record, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Brown, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> slowly href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> recovering href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> off-season href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> leads href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Illini href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> (15.3 href=/profile//> ppg) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> (5.7 href=/profile//> apg). href=/profile//> Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Duke) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> (Boston href=/profile//> College) href=/profile//> join href=/profile//> Redick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> named href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> official href=/profile//> voting href=/profile//> ballot. href=/profile//> Both href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation's href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorer, href=/profile//> Adam href=/profile//> Morrison href=/profile//> (28.3 href=/profile//> ppg), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> rebounder, href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Millsap href=/profile//> (12.8 href=/profile//> rpg), href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list.

Other href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> Justin href=/profile//> Gray href=/profile//> (Wake href=/profile//> Forest), href=/profile//> Carl href=/profile//> Krauser href=/profile//> (Pittsburgh), href=/profile//> Gerry href=/profile//> McNamara href=/profile//> (Syracuse) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> P.J. href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> (Texas). href=/profile//> Further, href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> newcomers, href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> unusually href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> number, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Preseason href=/profile//> list. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> includes href=/profile//> LaMarcus href=/profile//> Aldridge href=/profile//> (Texas), href=/profile//> Randy href=/profile//> Foye href=/profile//> (Villanova), href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Gansey href=/profile//> (West href=/profile//> Virginia), href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> Gardner href=/profile//> (Missouri), href=/profile//> Taurean href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> (Florida), href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Killingsworth href=/profile//> (Indiana) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Allan href=/profile//> Ray href=/profile//> (Villanova). href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> total, href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> seniors, href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> juniors href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> sophomores href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list. href=/profile//> Though href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> freshmen href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> selected, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> eligible href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Ballot.

"The href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> Selection href=/profile//> Committee href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> incredibly href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> task href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> narrowing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> individual href=/profile//> performers href=/profile//> thus href=/profile//> far," href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> Llewellyn, href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> chairman. href=/profile//> "In href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> excelled, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> includes href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> newcomers href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> elevated href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> amazing href=/profile//> athletes href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> determine href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team."

Nine href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> conferences href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> represented href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> list, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACC, href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten, href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> 12, href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East, href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> USA, href=/profile//> Pac-10, href=/profile//> SEC, href=/profile//> Western href=/profile//> Athletic href=/profile//> Conference href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Coast href=/profile//> Conference. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> represented href=/profile//> conferences href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> candidates href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> ACC href=/profile//> conferences, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> candidates, href=/profile//> respectively. href=/profile//> Several href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> nominated, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> (Ager href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Davis), href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> (Aldridge href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tucker), href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//> (Foye href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ray), href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//> (Gansey href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Pittsnogle) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> (Redick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Williams).

Players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> eligible href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> ballot, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> March href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> consist href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> approximately href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> proven href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> universities href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> progress href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> graduation href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> maintaining href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> cumulative href=/profile//> 2.0 href=/profile//> GPA. href=/profile//> Over href=/profile//> 1000 href=/profile//> voters, href=/profile//> comprised href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> sports href=/profile//> media href=/profile//> members href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> experts href=/profile//> across href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation, href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> cast href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> votes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> determine href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 10-member href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> recipient.

The href=/profile//> 2006 href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> ceremony, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> include href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> presentation href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Men's href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Women's href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American href=/profile//> Teams, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Legends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Coaching href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> recipient href=/profile//> Jim href=/profile//> Boeheim href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Syracuse href=/profile//> University, href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Los href=/profile//> Angeles href=/profile//> Athletic href=/profile//> Club href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> April href=/profile//> 8, href=/profile//> 2006, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> broadcast href=/profile//> live href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> CBS href=/profile//> telecast. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> male href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> female href=/profile//> finalists href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> invited href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Los href=/profile//> Angeles href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> awards href=/profile//> ceremony href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> receive href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> Scholarship href=/profile//> Fund href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> university's href=/profile//> general href=/profile//> scholarship href=/profile//> fund. href=/profile//>

Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> Midseason href=/profile//> Top href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> List

Top href=/profile//> Candidate href=/profile//> Height href=/profile//> Year href=/profile//> Position href=/profile//> School

Hassan href=/profile//> Adams href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Arizona

Maurice href=/profile//> Ager href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State

LaMarcus href=/profile//> Aldridge href=/profile//> 6'10" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Texas

Dee href=/profile//> Brown* href=/profile//> 5'11" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Illinois

Rodney href=/profile//> Carney href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Memphis

Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> 6'11' href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> State

Taquan href=/profile//> Dean href=/profile//> 6'3" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Louisville

Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> UCLA

Nick href=/profile//> Fazekas href=/profile//> 6'11" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Nevada

Randy href=/profile//> Foye href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Villanova

Mike href=/profile//> Gansey href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia

Thomas href=/profile//> Gardner href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Missouri

Rudy href=/profile//> Gay href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Connecticut

Justin href=/profile//> Gray href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest

Taurean href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> 6'0" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Florida

Marco href=/profile//> Killingsworth href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Indiana

Carl href=/profile//> Krauser href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Pittsburgh

Paul href=/profile//> Millsap href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Louisiana href=/profile//> Tech

Gerry href=/profile//> McNamara href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Syracuse

Adam href=/profile//> Morrison href=/profile//> 6'8" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Gonzaga

Steve href=/profile//> Novak href=/profile//> 6'10" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Marquette

Kevin href=/profile//> Pittsnogle href=/profile//> 6'11" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Center href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia

Allan href=/profile//> Ray href=/profile//> 6'2" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Villanova

J.J. href=/profile//> Redick* href=/profile//> 6'4" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Duke

Rajon href=/profile//> Rondo href=/profile//> 6'1" href=/profile//> So. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Kentucky

Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> 6'6" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Guard href=/profile//> Washington

Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> 6'7" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College

Alando href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Wisconsin

PJ href=/profile//> Tucker href=/profile//> 6'5" href=/profile//> Jr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Texas

Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> 6'9" href=/profile//> Sr. href=/profile//> Forward href=/profile//> Duke

* href=/profile//> Indicates href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 2004-2005 href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wooden href=/profile//> Award href=/profile//> All-American.

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