UConn places 4 among midseason Wooden Award candidates

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The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's.

In leading the Gaels in scoring and rebounding, the 6'11 centre has been recognised for his outstanding play by being named to the 2018 John R Wooden Award mid-season Top 25. Only one school (Duke) has ever had three student-athletes receive the award within a 10-year stretch.

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Through 17 games this season, Gustafson averages 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds.

Carter ranks in the top five nationally among freshmen in assists (5.2), field goals made (130), free throws (66), and free throw percentage (82.5).

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Kansas senior guard Devonte Graham is also on the midseason list, which is topped by Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young. He's logged 14 consecutive 20-point contests and nine double-doubles in his 15-game career. On Dec. 15, she set the Texas A&M record with 46 points, including the game-winning shot, at Southern California. Former Sooner players Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield won the award in 2009 and 2016, respectively.

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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Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. The ten-man Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.

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