Duke’s Jahlil Okafor is one of five freshmen on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The race to claim the most coveted individual award in college basketball now has just 25 names.

Wednesday, the Wooden Award, basketball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, narrowed its list down from 50 to 25 players as the season hits its halfway point.

Of the original 50 players chosen prior to games starting, 19 reappeared in the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. It is headlined by Final Four players last year in Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright to go along with Duke’s fab freshman, Jahlil Okafor.

These players found themselves on the Midseason Top 25 list of the Wooden Award, which was announced Wednesday.
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Okafor is one of five freshmen to make the list, joining Arizona’s Stanley Johnson, Ohio State’s D’Aneglo Russell, Duke teammate Tyus Jones and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.

According to ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan, the top five players on this list are Okafor, Kaminsky, Utah’s Delon Wright, Virginia’s Justin Anderson and Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer.

Players don’t have to be on the midseason list, however, to claim the award. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo was not on the list in the 2012-2013 season, but an explosive end to the season got him a runner up finish to Michigan’s Trey Burke.