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Jalen Brunson on Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List

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Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason Top 50 List. The list was selected by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor.

Brunson is one of seven freshmen on the list and one of four BIG EAST nominees (Kellen Dunham, Kris Dunn, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera).

The winner of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 8, 2016.

2015-16 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Nominees

Name Class Position University Conference
Grayson Allen Soph. G Duke ACC
Zach Auguste Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Ron Baker Sr. G Wichita State Missouri Valley
DeAndre' Bembry Jr. F St. Joseph's Atlantic 10
James Blackmon, Jr. Soph. G Indiana Big Ten
Malcolm Brogdon Sr. G Virginia ACC
Jaylen Brown Fr. F California Pac-12
Jalen Brunson Fr. G Villanova Big East
Kyle Collinsworth Sr. G BYU WCC
Kellen Dunham Jr. G Butler Big East
Kris Dunn Jr. G Providence Big East
Perry Ellis Sr. F Kansas Big 12
Yogi Ferrell Sr. G Indiana Big Ten
Rico Gathers Sr. F Baylor Big 12
Anthony Gill Sr. F Virginia ACC
Daniel Hamilton Soph. G/F Connecticut The American
A.J. Hammons Sr. C Purdue Big Ten
Nigel Hayes Jr. F Wisconsin Big Ten
Buddy Hield Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Danuel House Sr. G Texas A&M SEC
Brandon Ingram Fr. G/F Duke ACC
Demetrius Jackson Jr. G Notre Dame ACC
Brice Johnson Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Damian Jones Jr. C Vanderbilt SEC
Bronson Koenig Jr. G Wisconsin Big Ten
Skal Labissiere Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Jake Layman Sr. F Maryland Big Ten
Caris LeVert Sr. G Michigan Big Ten
Nic Moore Sr. G SMU The American
Monte Morris Jr. G Iowa State Big 12
Jamal Murray Fr. G Kentucky SEC
Malik Newman Fr. G Mississippi State SEC
Georges Niang Sr. F Iowa State Big 12
Marcus Paige Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Gary Payton II Sr. G Oregon State Pac-12
Jakob Poeltl Soph. F Utah Pac-12
Taurean Prince Sr. F Baylor Big 12
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Soph. G Florida State ACC
Domantas Sabonis Soph. F Gonzaga WCC
Ben Simmons Fr. F LSU SEC
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Sr. G Georgetown Big East
Kaleb Tarczewski Sr. C Arizona Pac-12
Isaiah Taylor Jr. G Texas Big 12
Melo Trimble Soph. G Maryland Big Ten
Tyler Ulis Soph. G Kentucky SEC
Denzel Valentine Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten
Fred VanVleet Sr. G Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyrone Wallace Sr. G California Pac-12
Troy Williams Jr. F Indiana Big Ten
Kyle Wiltjer Sr. F Gonzaga WCC