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Wise Named to Wooden Award Preseason List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/20/2009
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Aug. 20, 2009

 

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Nic Wise has been selected as a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, announced today by Richard `Duke' Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder.

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 player-of-the-year award.

Wise, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound, senior guard from Houston, Texas, averaged 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 35 appearances last year. He shot 45.2 percent (177-of-392) from the field, including 41.5 percent (66-of-159) from behind the arc, to go with 84.8 percent (128-of-151) from the free throw line. Wise ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring, assists, steals (1.5 spg), free throw percentage, three-point field goals made (1.9 per game), three-point field goal percentage, assist:turnover ratio (1.6:1) and minutes played (36.4). Wise finished in double figures 27 times last year, including nine 20-point games.

Wise was a second-team all-Pac-10 selection last season and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb.16.

He posted season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior, including field goals, field goal attempts, field goal percentage, free throws, free throw attempts, free throw percentage, rebounds (88), rebound average, assists (160), points scored (548) and scoring average. His 1,273 minutes played in 2008-09 are the third-most in school history for a single season.

In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by 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.  The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. 

The 34th 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 9-11, 2010.

 

 

 

 

Preseason Top 50 List

 

Solomon Alabi

7-1

So.

C

Florida State

Cole Aldrich

6-11

Jr.

C

Kansas

Al-Farouq Aminu

6-9

So.

F

Wake Forest

Luke Babbit

6-9

So.

F

Nevada

Talor Battle

5-11

Jr.

G

Penn State

Trevor Booker

6-7

Sr.

F

Clemson

Matt Bouldin

6-5

Sr.

G

Gonzaga

Craig Brackins

6-10

Jr.

F

Iowa State

Da'Sean Butler

6-7

Sr.

F

West Virginia

Sherron Collins

5-11

Sr.

G

Kansas

Ed Davis

6-10

So.

F

North Carolina

Devan Downey

5-9

Sr

G

South Carolina

Jerome Dyson

6-3

Sr.

G

Connecticut

Devin Ebanks

6-9

So.

F

West Virginia

Corey Fisher

6-1

Jr.

G

Villanova

Luke Harangody

6-8

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

Manny Harris

6-5

Jr.

G

Michigan

Gordon Hayward

6-8

So.

G/F

Butler

Jeremy Hazell

6-5

Jr.

G

Seton Hall

Robbie Hummel

6-8

Jr.

F

Purdue

Damion James

6-7

Sr.

G/F

Texas

Sylven Landesberg

6-6

So.

G

Virginia

Gani Lawal

6-9

Jr.

F

Georgia Tech

Kalin Lucas

6-0

Jr.

G

Michigan State

Tasmin Mitchell

6-7

Sr.

F

Louisiana State

Greg Monroe

6-11

So.

C

Georgetown

E'Twaun Moore

6-3

Jr.

G

Purdue

Raymar Morgan

6-8

Sr.

F

Michigan State

A.J. Ogilvy

6-11

Jr.

C

Vanderbilt

Patrick Patterson

6-9

Jr.

F

Kentucky

Jerome Randle

5-10

Sr.

G

California

Scottie Reynolds

6-2

Jr.

G

Villanova

Samardo Samuels

6-8

So.

F

Louisville

Larry Sanders

6-11

Jr.

F

VCU

Jon Scheyer

6-5

Sr.

G

Duke

DeShawn Sims

6-8

Sr.

F

Michigan

Kyle Singler

6-8

Jr.

F

Duke

Tyler Smith

6-7-

Sr.

G/F

Tennessee

Isaiah Thomas

5-8

So.

G

Washington

Deon Thompson

6-8

Sr.

F

North Carolina

J.T. Tiller

6-3

Sr.

G

Missouri

Evan Turner

6-7

Jr.

G/F

Ohio State

Jarvis Varnado

6-9

Sr.

F/C

Mississippi State

Greivis Vasquez

6-6

Sr.

G

Maryland

Deonta Vaughn

6-1

Sr.

G

Cincinnati

Kemba Walker

6-1

So.

G

Connecticut

Willie Warren

6-4

So.

G

Oklahoma

Terrico White

6-5

So.

G

Mississippi

Nic Wise

5-10

Sr.

G

Arizona

Chris Wright

6-8

Jr.

F

Dayton

 

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