MBK | Landale Named on Top 25 Wooden Award List
The senior center was honored on the Midseason Top 25 list for college basketball's most prestigious award.
Full Top 25 List
LOS ANGELES -- Leading Saint Mary's with over 21 points and 10 rebounds per game, center Jock Landale has been one of the most consistent, efficient forces in all of college basketball, and has been named on the Midseason Top 25 list for the John R. Wooden Award, it was announced today.
The Aussie center leads the team and the West Coast Conference in points (21.3), rebounds (10.2), field-goal percentage (63.8), offensive rebounds (3.4), defensive rebounds (6.8), double- doubles (10) and total field-goals made (143).
Landale was recently named Hero Sports' Mid-Major Midseason Player of the Year. After bursting onto the scene during the 2016-17 campaign, the center was named on the preseason watch list for a number of prestigious collegiate awards - the Citizen Naismith Trophy, Lou Henson Watch List, Lute Olson Watch List, Oscar Robertson Watch List and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watch List.
The full list will be featured tonight on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. PT. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.
The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen 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 will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and last year's recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.
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.
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. 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.
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