Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eight ACC Players On John R. Wooden Award 2010-11 Preseason Top 50 List

Nolan Smith, Brian Zoubek and Kyle Singler
Eight ACC players are among those listed for 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list as announced today 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 the Wooden Award.

ACC players on the preseason list are Virginia Tech senior guard Malcolm Delaney, North Carolina sophomore forward John Henson, Duke senior forward Kyle Singler, Florida State junior forward Chris Singleton, Duke senior guard Nolan Smith, N.C. State senior forward Tracy Smith, Boston College senior forward Joe Trapani and Maryland sophomore forward Jordan Williams.

Duke's Singler is one of four returning players from past Wooden Award ballots while Maryland's Williams is one of 10 sophomores listed.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It 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), Antawn Jamison ('98),  Elton Brand ('99), Shane Battier ('01), Jay Williams ('02),  J.J. Reddick ('06) and Tyler Hansbrough ('08). 

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