CHAPEL HILL - UNC sophomore James Michael McAdoo is one of six Atlantic Coast Conference players on the preseason nominee list for the 2013 John Wooden Award, presented to the National Player of the Year.
Other ACC players nominated include Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie of NC State, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee of Duke and Michael Snaer of Florida State. To see the complete list, click here.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 on Thursday. 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 one of college basketball’s most prestigious honors.
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 America Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Big 10 leads all conferences with nine selections to the Preseason Top 50, followed by the Big East with seven and the ACC and SEC each with six. The Big 12 has five selections, the Pac-12 boasts four, the West Coast Conference has three, and the Mountain West has two picks. Conference USA, Horizon, Missouri Valley, Mid-American, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Summit and Sun Belt each have one honoree.