The John R.  Wooden Award is the highest honor in college basketball since it was first awarded in 1976. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), and last year’s recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.

Seton Hall men’s basketball senior Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.

Delgado has proven himself to be one of the nation’s greats as he continues to build his Seton Hall legacy. He came into the 2017-18 season as the only active student-athlete in NCAA Div. I with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. The nation’s active leader in career rebounds (1,251) and double-doubles (63), this season Delgado currently ranks second in the nation in double-doubles (13), fourth in offensive rebounds per game (4.47) and sixth in overall rebounding (11.6). He’s posted double-doubles in nine consecutive games and has posted one in 16 straight BIG EAST conference games dating back to last season.

The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The ten-man Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner 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.

John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s 2017-18 Midseason Top 25
Name
School
Conference
Height
Class
Position
Grayson Allen
Duke
ACC
6-5
Sr.
G
Deandre Ayton
Arizona
Pac-12
7-1
Fr.
F
Marvin Bagley III
Duke
ACC
6-11
Fr.
F
Mohamed Bamba
Texas
Big 12
6-11
Fr.
F
Joel Berry II
North Carolina
ACC
6-0
Sr.
G
Trevon Bluiett
Xavier
Big East
6-6
Sr.
G
Mikal Bridges
Villanova
Big East
6-7
Jr.
G/F
Miles Bridges
Michigan State
Big Ten
6-7
Soph.
G/F
Jalen Brunson
Villanova
Big East
6-3
Jr.
G
Jevon Carter
West Virginia
Big 12
6-2
Sr.
G
Bonzie Colson
Notre Dame
ACC
6-6
Sr.
F
Angel Delgado
Seton Hall
Big East
6-10
Sr.
C
Marcus Foster
Creighton
Big East
6-3
Sr.
G
Devonte’ Graham
Kansas
Big 12
6-2
Sr.
G
Tra Holder
Arizona State
Pac-12
6-1
Sr.
G
Aaron Holiday
UCLA
Pac-12
6-1
Jr.
G
Jock Landale
Saint Mary’s
WCC
6-11
Sr.
C
Yante Maten
Georgia
SEC
6-8
Sr.
F
Luke Maye
North Carolina
ACC
6-8
Jr.
F
Brandon McCoy
UNLV
Mountain West
7-0
Fr.
F
Jordan Murphy
Minnesota
Big Ten
6-6
Jr.
F
Collin Sexton
Alabama
SEC
6-3
Fr.
G
Landry Shamet
Wichita State
The American
6-4
Soph.
G
Allonzo Trier
Arizona
Pac-12
6-5
Jr.
G
Trae Young
Oklahoma
Big 12
6-2
Fr.
G

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