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For the first time, the John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list can include freshmen and transfers, so it's no surprise that, in the "Year of the Freshman," the list is loaded with first-year players.
Despite all of the attention the freshmen are getting, the Wooden Award watch list remains top-heavy with upperclassmen. Seventeen seniors made the initial list, including two-time Creighton All-American Doug McDermott, who finished third in last year's balloting.
The list will be pared to 25 in January, and finalists will be announced in March. Players who did not appear on this initial preseason watch list can be added throughout the course of the season.
The Wooden Award will be presented at the Final Four in North Texas. Michigan's Trey Burke was last year's winner.
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