Zeller Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
Jan. 17, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller is featured on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, which was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPNU's The Experts sports talk show. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Zeller, a native of Washington, Ind., is one of four Big Ten players featured on the midseason list. He leads the Hoosiers with 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Sporting News and SI.com have also named the five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week a Second Team Midseason All-American. Zeller also leads the Big Ten and is fifth nationally in field goal percentage, making 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts.
All collegiate basketball players, including transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are eligible for this midseason list. In addition, all players will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top 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 John R. Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards because it takes into account performance in the postseason.
The Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big East conferences boast four selections apiece to the Midseason Top 25, followed by the Big 12 with three. The Missouri Valley Conference, Conference USA, MAAC, Big West, Mountain West and Big Sky each had one player selected.
North Carolina (Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall), Kentucky (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), and Ohio State (William Buford and Sullinger) had more than one player chosen to the midseason list; all three teams are currently in the Associated Press Top 5. Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller of Indiana were the only freshmen selected.
The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced the weekend of the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.
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2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List
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