Dawgs Yante Maten on midseason watch list for John Wooden Award

Ross Houston
January 12, 2018

He also is among league leaders in minutes played (fifth), field goal percentage (seventh) and free throw percentage (10th).

The award-which annually recognizes the nation's top player-has its watch lists determined by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances over the first half of the season.

With numerous player of the year accolades in the preseason, combined with the fact that Michigan State has been ranked in the top 5 most of the year, it's not much of a surprise that sophomore Miles Bridges made the cut.

A guard/forward, Bridges was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on December 26 after averaging 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a pair of games.

The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list will be featured on ESPN2 tonight at 12 a.m.

Now, halfway through the year, he's among the frontrunners for one of the sport's major awards. The National Ballot consists of 15 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.

A total of 15 players will make the final ballot for the award, and the victor will be announced on Friday, April 6.

Last season, Kansas point guard Frank Mason III won the honor.

The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of March 18 before the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Young, who was born in Texas Tech country in Lubbock, Texas, but grew up in the shadow of OU in Norman, has taken the country by surprise and by storm this season.

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