A finalist for last year’s John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year, Murray State senior guard Isaiah Canaan moved one step closer to repeating the feat today.
Canaan was named as one of the 25 student-athletes on the Midseason Wooden Award Watch List.
The preseason Ohio Valley Conference player of the year is currently seventh nationwide in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
The full list of 25 players is below. The Player of the Year, as well as the All-American Team, will be announced during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.
2012-13 John R. Wooden Award
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Midseason Top 25 List
|Anthony Bennett||6-8||Fr.||F||UNLV||Mountain West|
|Trey Burke||6-0||So.||G||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Isaiah Canaan*||6-1||Sr.||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley Conference|
|Michael Carter-Williams||6-6||So.||G||Syracuse||Big East|
|Jack Cooley||6-9||Sr.||F||Notre Dame||Big East|
|Jamaal Franklin||6-5||Jr.||G||San Diego State||Mountain West|
|Erick Green||6-3||Sr.||G||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|Pierre Jackson||5-10||Sr.||G||Baylor||Big 12|
|Sean Kilpatrick||6-4||Jr.||G/F||Cincinnati||Big East|
|C.J. McCollum||6-3||Sr.||G||Lehigh||Patriot League|
|Doug McDermott*||6-8||Jr.||F||Creighton||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Ben McLemore||6-5||Fr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Brandon Paul||6-4||Sr.||G||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Otto Porter, Jr.||6-8||So.||F||Georgetown||Big East|
|Marcus Smart||6-4||Fr.||G||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Russ Smith||6-0||Jr.||G||Louisville||Big East|
|Deshaun Thomas||6-7||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Jeff Withey||7-0||Sr.||C||Kansas||Big 12|
|Nate Wolters||6-4||Sr.||G||South Dakota St.||The Summit League|
|Cody Zeller||7-0||So.||F||Indiana||Big Ten|