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Monday, October 3, 2011
Nelson, Smith in Wooden Award top 50

By Peter Yoon

UCLA forward Reeves Nelson and center Joshua Smith were named to the Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.

Nelson, a 6-foot-8 junior, led UCLA with 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season and was an All Pac-10 selection. Smith, a 6-10 sophomore, averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds and earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

The Wooden Award recognizes the top player in college basketball each season. The list is updated at midseason in order to account for incoming freshmen or transfers who did not play the previous season. It is then narrowed to 10 finalists during the third week of the NCAA tournament.

Two UCLA players have previously won the award: Marques Johnson in 1976-77 and Ed O’Bannon in 1994-95.

The complete preseason list:

John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List

Name                      Position     University 

Tim Abromaitis                  F                Notre Dame              

Harrison Barnes                F                North Carolina           

Will Barton                      G                Memphis                   

Dee Bost                         G                Mississippi State       

William Buford                   G                Ohio State                

Allen Crabbe                     G                California                  

Aaron Craft                      G                Ohio State                

Marcus Denmon                G                Missouri                    

Festus Ezeli                     C                Vanderbilt                 

Ashton Gibbs                   G                Pitt                           

Michael Glover                 F                Iona                          

Drew Gordon                   F                New Mexico              

Draymond Green              F                Michigan State          

JaMychal Green               F                Alabama                   

Jorge Gutierrez                G                California                  

Tim Hardaway, Jr.            G                Michigan                   

Elias Harris                      F                Gonzaga                   

John Henson                    F                North Carolina           

Tu Holloway                     G                Xavier                       

Robbie Hummel                 F                Purdue                      

Joe Jackson                     G                Memphis                   

Scoop Jardine                  G                Syracuse                  

John Jenkins                    G                Vanderbilt                 

Orlando Johnson               G                UCSB                       

Darius Johnson-Odom        G                Marquette                 

Kevin Jones                     F                West Virginia             

Terrence Jones                F                Kentucky                   

Perry Jones III                 F                Baylor                       

Kris Joseph                      F                Syracuse                  

Jeremy Lamb                    G                Connecticut               

Kendall Marshall                G                North Carolina           

Trevor Mbakwe                 F                Minnesota                 

Ray McCallum                   G                Detroit                      

Doug McDermott               F                Creighton                  

Khris Middleton                 F                Texas A&M               

Reeves Nelson                  F                UCLA                        

Andrew Nicholson              F                St. Bonaventure        

Alex Oriakhi                      C                Connecticut               

Thomas Robinson              F                Kansas                     

John Shurna                     F                Northwestern             

Peyton Siva                     G                Louisville                  

Joshua Smith                   C                UCLA                        

Jared Sullinger *               C                Ohio State                

Jeffery Taylor                   G/F             Vanderbilt                 

Jordan Taylor                   G                Wisconsin                 

Casper Ware                    G                Long Beach State      

Maalik Wayns                   G                Villanova                   

Keith Wright                     F                Harvard                     

Patric Young                    F/C             Florida                      

Tyler Zeller                      F                North Carolina           

Players listed alphabetically

GS=Graduate Student

*indicates player chosen to the 2011 Wooden All American Team