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.
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.