Kyle Chilton | Posted: 6 Nov 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Childs named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – BYU senior forward Yoeli Childs has been named to the Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the The John R. Wooden Award®, presented by Wendy’s®. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

Childs is also on the preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and a preseason All-WCC honoree. A three-year starter, he is BYU’s leading returning scorer and rebounder. The senior from South Jordan, Utah, averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds while posting 17 double-doubles in 2018-19. Childs was named to the All-WCC First Team and the NABC and USBWA all-district first teams following last season.

Several universities boast multiple players on the list: Florida (Kerry Blackshear Jr., Scottie Lewis, and Andwew Nembhard) leads all schools with three selections, while Davidson (Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson), Duke (Vernon Carey Jr. and Tre Jones), Kansas (Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson), Kentucky (Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey), Maryland (Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith), Memphis (Precious Achiuwa and James Wiseman), Utah State (Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta), and Washington (Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart) each have two selections on the Preseason Top 50.

Of the 50 players on the preseason list, 34 are upperclassmen, including 22 seniors. The recent trend of recognizing outstanding freshmen continues with ten named to the list: Memphis’ Achiuwa and Wiseman, North Carolina’s Cole Anthony, Duke’s Carey Jr, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Florida’s Lewis, Arizona’s Nico Mannion, Kentucky’s Maxey, and Washington’s McDaniels and Stewart.

The Preseason Top 50 list represents 12 conferences. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 8 selections, followed by the Big East and SEC with seven apiece, the Big Ten with six, the ACC with five, the Big 12 with four, the American and WCC with three apiece, the A-10 and Mountain West with two each, and the America East, Conference USA, and Horizon League with one selection apiece.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020.

About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Zion Williamson of Duke.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Preseason Top 50 Watch List

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Precious Achiuwa

Memphis

American

6-9

Fr.

F

Ty-Shon Alexander

Creighton

Big East

6-4

Jr.

G

Cole Anthony

North Carolina

ACC

6-3

Fr.

G

Udoka Azubuike

Kansas

Big 12

7-0

Sr.

C

Kamar Baldwin

Butler

Big East

6-1

Sr.

G

Desmond Bane

TCU

Big 12

6-6

Sr.

G

Charles Bassey

Western Kentucky

Conference USA

6-11

So.

C

Saddiq Bey

Villanova

Big East

6-8

So.

F

Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Florida

SEC

6-10

Sr.

F

Vernon Carey Jr.

Duke

ACC

6-10

Fr.

C

Yoeli Childs

BYU

WCC

6-8

Sr.

F

Anthony Cowan Jr.

Maryland

Big Ten

6-0

Sr.

G

Jarron Cumberland

Cincinnati

American

6-5

Sr.

G

Antoine Davis

Detroit Mercy

Horizon League

6-1

So.

G

Mamadi Diakite

Virginia

ACC

6-9

Sr.

F

Alpha Diallo

Providence

Big East

6-7

Sr.

G

Ayo Dosunmu

Illinois

Big Ten

6-5

So.

G

Devon Dotson

Kansas

Big 12

6-2

So.

G

Anthony Edwards

Georgia

SEC

6-5

Fr.

G

CJ Elleby

Washington State

Pac-12

6-6

So.

F

Jordan Ford

Saint Mary's

WCC

6-1

Sr.

G

Kellan Grady

Davidson

A-10

6-5

Jr.

G

Jon Axel Gudmundsson

Davidson

A-10

6-5

Sr.

G

Ashton Hagans

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

So.

G

Tyrese Haliburton

Iowa State

Big 12

6-5

So.

G

Markus Howard*

Marquette

Big East

5-11

Sr.

G

Tre Jones

Duke

ACC

6-3

So.

G

Anthony Lamb

Vermont

America East

6-6

Sr.

F

Scottie Lewis

Florida

SEC

6-5

Fr.

G

Nico Mannion

Arizona

Pac-12

6-6

Fr.

G

Naji Marshall

Xavier

Big East

6-7

Jr.

F

Tyrese Maxey

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Jaden McDaniels

Washington

Pac-12

6-9

Fr.

F

Sam Merrill

Utah State

Mountain West

6-5

Sr.

G

Andrew Nembhard

Florida

SEC

6-5

So.

G

Jordan Nwora

Louisville

ACC

6-7

Jr.

F

Reggie Perry

Mississippi State

SEC

6-5

Sr.

G

Myles Powell

Seton Hall

Big East

6-2

Sr.

G

Payton Pritchard

Oregon

Pac-12

6-2

Sr.

G

Neemias Queta

Utah State

Mountain West

7-0

So.

C

Nick Rakocevic

USC

Pac-12

6-11

Sr.

F

Jalen Smith

Maryland

Big Ten

6-10

So.

F

Lamar Stevens

Penn State

Big Ten

6-8

Sr.

F

Isaiah Stewart

Washington

Pac-12

6-9

Fr.

F

Killian Tillie

Gonzaga

WCC

6-10

Sr.

F

Tres Tinkle

Oregon State

Pac-12

6-7

Sr.

F

Kaleb Wesson

Ohio State

Big Ten

6-9

Jr.

F

Cassius Winston*

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-1

Sr.

G

James Wiseman

Memphis

American

7-1

Fr.

C

McKinley Wright IV

Colorado

Pac-12

6-0

Jr.

G

*indicates player was selected to the 2018-19 Wooden Award All American

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