We’re getting closer and closer to the start of a new college basketball season, and with that comes preseason rankings and awards list.
The biggest individual award of all though is the Wooden Award, which is handed down to the best player in college basketball.
The official Preseason Top 50 list was released earlier today, and as expected, it’s quite the list of players.
Here’s the full list:
Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, Soph., North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, SG, Soph., Memphis
Dee Bost, 6-2, PG, Sr., Mississippi State
William Buford, 6-5, SG, Sr., Ohio State
Allen Crabbe, 6-6, SG, Soph., California
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Marcus Denmon, 6-3, G, Sr., Missouri
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Michael Glover, 6-7, PF, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-7, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-5, SG, Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, C, Jr., North Carolina
Tu Holloway, 6-0, PG, Sr., Xavier
Robbie Hummel, 6-8, F, Sr., Purdue
Joe Jackson, 6-0, PG, Soph., Memphis
Scoop Jardine, 6-2, PG, Sr., Syracuse
John Jenkins, 6-3, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, G, Sr., Marquette
Kevin Jones, 6-8, PF, Sr., West Virginia
Terrence Jones, 6-8, F, Soph., Kentucky
Perry Jones III, 6-11, PF, Soph., Baylor
Kris Joseph, 6-7, SF, Sr., Syracuse
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-1, PG, Soph., Detroit
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Khris Middleton, 6-7, F, Jr., Texas A&M
Reeves Nelson, 6-8, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-9, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 6-0, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-10, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Casper Ware, 5-10, PG, Sr., Long Beach State
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, G, Jr., Villanova
Keith Wright, 6-8, PF, Sr., Harvard
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, PF, Sr., North Carolina
Not too many surprises in this whole deal, though I’d say Seth Curry from Duke should have been included.
Again though, this is a preseason deal, and this is pretty much all speculation at this point anyways. We’ll probably see a different list towards the middle of the season, and an even more different list once we get to March.
Choosing one particular player that is head and shoulders above the rest right now is pretty much impossible.
Harrison Barnes is probably the early favorite to win it, simply because of his remarkable talent, and the fact that the Tar Heels might be the top team in the country entering the season.
One thing is for sure though. All of these players on the list are poised to have big seasons.