Jan. 10, 2013
Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, it was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. He is one of two true freshmen on the ballot.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official ballot. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
Smart's teammate, Le'Bryan Nash, was on the initial top 50 list for the Wooden Award, the first time since 2007 that two Cowboys were Wooden Award candidates. Smart becomes the 13th Cowboy nominated for the Wooden Award since 1995.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, All-Americans, and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas head coach Bill Self, an Oklahoma State alum.
2012-13 John R. Wooden Award
Midseason Top 25 List
Players listed alphabetically.
*indicates player was 2012 Wooden Award All American