Jan. 6, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30, announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on this year's individual performance and team records, are under consideration for college basketball's player-of-the-year award.
A 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams leads Arizona with per game averages of 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and a .651 (82-of-126) field goal percentage through 15 games (all starts). He's scored in double figures 24 times dating back to last season, and has five 20-point games and three double-doubles to his credit. He was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 6.
He currently ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring, 10th in rebounding, second in FG percentage (.651), eighth in free throw percentage (.777) and seventh in offensive rebounds (2.7). He also has connected on 14-of-20 (.700) three-point field goal attempts.
Williams scored a season-high 27 points on Nov. 18 vs. New Mexico State. He is one of three Pac-10 players on the list.
In March, the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA, will go out to voters to select the winner, as well as the Wooden Award All-America team.
The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.