Jamaal Franklin on Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
Jan. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - San Diego State junior Jamaal Franklin landed on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced earlier today on ESPNU. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances to date, are frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Franklin is averaging 17.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals, all of which lead the team. The preseason Mountain West player of the year is also averaging 1.2 blocks, making him the only player in America averaging at least 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
The guard is fresh off a 20-point, 18-rebound, 5-assist, 3-block performance in helping the Aztecs win their conference opener at Fresno State. Franklin is the only player in Division I this season to finish with that stat line and only the third in the last 10 years.
Franklin is one of two Mountain West players on the list and one of three from west coast men's basketball programs.
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 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 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 and All Americans.