South Dakota State’s Wolters Named to John Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

South Dakota State’s Wolters Named to John Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Nate Wolters, The Summit League's Preseason Player of the Year, was named to the John Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN.com. 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.

Wolters, who is also one of 30 national candidates for the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award, is the nation's fourth-leading returning scorer at 21.2 points per game. He enters the upcoming season as The Summit League's active career leader in points and assists, while ranking third in rebounds. Last season, Wolters became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five assists (5.9) and five rebounds (5.1) per game.

Wolters and his South Dakota State teammates open the 2012-13 season Friday with a nationally-televised contest at Alabama (9 p.m. ET on ESPNU).

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 honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Kansas Head Coach Bill Self. The event will take place the weekend of April 12-13, 2013.

ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oakland, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League enjoyed unprecedented success during a 2011-12 campaign that included an all-time best final RPI ranking, the highest home attendance in league history, the most teams in postseason tournaments, a record total of all-district honorees and the NCAA scoring champion. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.

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 player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and '11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men's Award in 2012.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.

2012-13 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50, Men

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Keith Appling

6-1

Jr.

G

Michigan State

Big Ten

Chane Behanan

6-6

So.

F

Louisville

Big East

Kenny Boynton

6-2

Sr.

G

Florida

SEC

Lorenzo Brown

6-5

Jr.

G

North Carolina State

ACC

Trey Burke

6-0

So.

G

Michigan

Big Ten

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

6-5

So.

G

Georgia

SEC

Isaiah Canaan

6-1

Sr.

G

Murray State

Ohio Valley

Jack Cooley

6-9

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

Big East

D.J. Cooper

6-0

Sr.

G

Ohio University

Mid-American

Vincent Council

6-2

Sr.

G

Providence

Big East

Allen Crabbe

6-6

Jr.

G

California

Pac-12

Aaron Craft

6-2

Jr.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Seth Curry

6-2

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Brandon Davies

6-9

Sr.

F

BYU

West Coast

Matthew Dellavedova

6-4

Sr.

G

Saint Mary's

West Coast

Gorgui Dieng

6-11

Jr.

C

Lousville

Big East

Jamaal Franklin

6-5

Jr.

G

San Diego State

Mountain West

Tim Frazier

6-1

Sr.

G

Penn State

Big Ten

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

6-6

Jr.

G

Michigan

Big Ten

Elias Harris

6-8

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

West Coast

Solomon Hill

6-7

Sr.

F

Arizona

Pac-12

Pierre Jackson

5-10

Sr.

G

Baylor

Big 12

Elijah Johnson

6-4

Sr.

G

Kansas

Big 12

Sean Kilpatrick

6-4

Jr.

G/F

Cincinnati

Big East

C.J. Leslie

6-9

Jr.

F

North Carolina State

ACC

James Michael McAdoo

6-9

So.

F

North Carolina 

ACC

Ray McCallum

6-3

Jr.

G

Detroit

Horizon League

C.J. McCollum

6-3

Sr.

G

Lehigh

Patriot League

Doug McDermott*

6-8

Jr.

F

Creighton

Missouri Valley

Rodney McGruder

6-4

Sr.

G

Kansas State

Big 12

Tony Mitchell

6-8

So.

F

North Texas

Sun Belt

Mike Moser

6-8

Jr.

F

UNLV

Mountain West

Brock Motum

6-10

Sr.

F

Washington State

Pac-12

Le'Bryan Nash

6-7

So.

G/F

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Brandon Paul

6-4

Sr.

G

Illinois

Big Ten

Mason Plumlee

6-10

Sr.

F

Duke

ACC

Otto Porter

6-8

So.

F

Georgetown

Big East

Phil Pressey

5-11

Jr.

G

Missouri

SEC

André Roberson

6-7

Jr.

F

Colorado

Pac-12

Peyton Siva

6-0

Sr.

G

Louisville

Big East

Michael Snaer

6-5

Sr.

G

Florida State

ACC

Jarnell Stokes

6-8

So.

F

Tennessee

SEC

Adonis Thomas

6-7

So.

G/F

Memphis

Conference USA

Deshaun Thomas

6-7

Jr.

F

Ohio State

Big Ten

Christian Watford

6-9

Sr.

F

Indiana

Big Ten

Jeff Withey

7-0

Sr.

C

Kansas

Big 12

Nate Wolters

6-4

Sr.

G

South Dakota State

Summit League

B.J. Young

6-3

So.

G

Arkansas

SEC

Patric Young

6-9

Jr.

C

Florida

SEC

Cody Zeller

7-0

So.

F

Indiana

Big Ten

 Players listed alphabetically    
*indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team
Based on a preseason poll. Award winner honored April 5, 2012 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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