Nicholson Named to Wooden Award Watch List

Nicholson Named to Wooden Award Watch List

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.
– St. Bonaventure senior forward Andrew Nicholson is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List, as announced Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.

The 6-foot-9 250-pound Mississauga, Ont. native led the Atlantic 10 and ranked 15th nationally in scoring last season at 20.8 points per game. He scored in double figures in all but one contest and racked 11 double-doubles while leading the Bonnies to their first winning record (16-15) and postseason appearance (CBI) since 2001-02.

Nicholson is joined on the list by conference-rival Tu Holloway of Xavier. Two previous Atlantic 10 players, Massachusetts' Marcus Camby (1996) and Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson (2004) have previously won the Wooden Award. La Salle's Lionel Simmons also won the award, albeit prior to the Explorers joining the Atlantic 10.

These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (`79), Michael Jordan (`84), Tim Duncan (`97), Blake Griffin (`09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (`09). BYU guard  Jimmer Fredette earned the award last season.

2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List, Men

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Tim Abromaitis

6-8

GS

F

Notre Dame

Big East

Harrison Barnes

6-8

So.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Will Barton

6-6

So.

G

Memphis

Conference USA

Dee Bost

6-2

Sr.

G

Mississippi State

SEC

William Buford

6-5

Sr.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Allen Crabbe

6-6

So.

G

California

Pac-12

Aaron Craft

6-2

So.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Marcus Denmon

6-3

Sr.

G

Missouri

Big 12

Festus Ezeli

6-11

Sr.

C

Vanderbilt

SEC

Ashton Gibbs

6-2

Sr.

G

Pitt

Big East

Michael Glover

6-7

Sr.

F

Iona

MAAC

Drew Gordon

6-9

Sr.

F

New Mexico

Mountain West

Draymond Green

6-7

Sr.

F

Michigan State

Big Ten

JaMychal Green

6-8

Sr.

F

Alabama

SEC

Jorge Gutierrez

6-3

Sr.

G

California

Pac-12

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

6-5

So.

G

Michigan

Big Ten

Elias Harris

6-7

Jr.

F

Gonzaga

WCC

John Henson

6-11

Jr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Tu Holloway

6-0

Sr.

G

Xavier

Atlantic 10

Robbie Hummel

6-8

Sr.

F

Purdue

Big Ten

Joe Jackson

6-1

So.

G

Memphis

Conference USA

Scoop Jardine

6-2

Sr.

G

Syracuse

Big East

John Jenkins

6-3

Jr.

G

Vanderbilt

SEC

Orlando Johnson

6-5

Sr.

G

UCSB

Big West

Darius Johnson-Odom

6-2

Sr.

G

Marquette

Big East

Kevin Jones

6-8

Sr.

F

West Virginia

Big East

Terrence Jones

6-8

So.

F

Kentucky

SEC

Perry Jones III

6-11

So.

F

Baylor

Big 12

Kris Joseph

6-7

Sr.

F

Syracuse

Big East

Jeremy Lamb

6-5

So.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Kendall Marshall

6-4

So.

G

North Carolina

ACC

Trevor Mbakwe

6-8

Sr.

F

Minnesota

Big Ten

Ray McCallum

6-1

So.

G

Detroit

Horizon League

Doug McDermott

6-7

So.

F

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Khris Middleton

6-7

Jr.

F

Texas A&M

Big 12

Reeves Nelson

6-8

Jr.

F

UCLA

Pac-12

Andrew Nicholson

6-9

Sr.

F

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

Alex Oriakhi

6-9

Jr.

C

Connecticut

Big East

Thomas Robinson

6-9

Jr.

F

Kansas

Big 12

John Shurna

6-9

Sr.

F

Northwestern

Big Ten

Peyton Siva

6-0

Jr.

G

Louisville

Big East

Joshua Smith

6-10

So.

C

UCLA

Pac-12

Jared Sullinger*

6-9

So.

C

Ohio State

Big Ten

Jeffery Taylor

6-7

Sr.

G/F

Vanderbilt

SEC

Jordan Taylor

6-1

Sr.

G

Wisconsin

Big Ten

Casper Ware

5-10

Sr.

G

Long Beach State

Big West

Maalik Wayns

6-2

Jr.

G

Villanova

Big East

Keith Wright

6-8

Sr.

F

Harvard

Ivy League

Patric Young

6-9

So.

F/C

Florida

SEC

Tyler Zeller

7-0

Sr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Players listed alphabetically     *indicates player chosen to the 2011 Wooden All American Team; GS=Graduate Student 
Based on a preseason poll. Award winner honored April 6, 2012 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.