Brandon Paul Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate
Nov. 8, 2012
Champaign, Ill. - The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday its Preseason Top 50 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, and Illini senior guard Brandon Paul has been named to the list. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball media members, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Paul led the Illini in scoring, assists and steals last season, while ranking second on the team in rebounding. He averaged 14.7 points overall as a junior, and was third in the Big Ten in scoring in conference play at 17.7 ppg. Paul scored in double figures 25 times and had seven outings of 20-plus points, led by his career-high 43 point performance in the win over No. 5 Ohio State. He also averaged 2.9 assists, was fourth in the Big Ten in steals at 1.7 spg, and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason Top 50. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 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. 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 37th annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place the weekend of April 12-13, honoring the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All American Teams.