Tuesday, October 5, 2010
And now your top 50 Wooden Award candidates
By Eamonn Brennan
Last night, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2010-11 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. According to the club, the list is comprised of "50 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor." Sportswriters take a poll, a bunch of names get churned out, and the yearly process rolls on and on.
Perhaps the biggest snub of all goes to West Virginia forward Kevin Jones. Jones was already a very good, very productive player from one of last year's Final Four teams; in 2010-11, he should become a star. It's a bit of a crime that he's not on the list.
Then again, it's just a list. It's bound to change. What's more, complaining about snubs is a bit silly when freshmen, transfers, and players who haven't played yet (whether through injury or eligibility issues; think Renardo Sidney) can't be selected, either. This is a more of a guidebook than a rulebook. It's merely a starting point. In a few months, it's not going to matter. (If you want a list of those freshman and transfers -- not to mention a list that includes Kevin Jones and Chandler Parsons, check out Andy Katz's preseason list here.)
Anyway, the list is below. Be sure to leave your snub-related gripes in the comments.