Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 25

Yesterday the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced it’s Top 25 Wooden Award list.  Most think it’s some official list, it’s not.  Players who aren’t on the list could still play themselves onto the Wooden Award All American Team come March Madness time – while the eventual winner doesn’t even have to be on this list.

But, we all know the winner will come from this list.  Plus, lists are fun, so we’re glad they came out with theirs.

We also all know I’ll have an opinion, since I come out with my ordered list of over 3000 players every week or so.

So, here are the Wooden guys, with Hoops Nerd Rating and Rank (through 1-19) on the left:

Rnk HnR Wooden List Team Conf Cla GP Mn/g Pt/g Rb/g A/g S/g B/g T/g TS%
2 173 Doug McDermott  Creighton Big East Sr. 18 31.7 24.9 7.2 1.7 0.3 0.2 2.1 0.618
3 173 Casey Prather  Florida SEC Sr. 15 28.7 17.3 5.5 2.1 0.7 0.5 2.3 0.656
6 170 Marcus Smart  Oklahoma State Big 12 So. 18 30.6 17.8 5.8 4.4 2.6 0.6 2.6 0.564
11 167 Shabazz Napier  Connecticut AAC Sr. 18 34.8 16.8 6.1 5.9 2.0 0.4 2.8 0.587
15 163 Nick Johnson  Arizona Pac 12 Jr. 18 30.8 16.3 3.4 2.4 1.1 0.7 1.9 0.622
16 162 DeAndre Kane  Iowa State Big 12 Sr. 17 32.0 16.7 7.2 5.8 1.6 0.2 3.1 0.573
18 161 Kyle Anderson  UCLA Pac 12 So. 18 32.1 15.5 8.9 6.6 1.8 0.8 3.1 0.607
21 160 Jabari Parker  Duke ACC Fr. 18 29.1 19.1 7.3 1.5 0.9 1.1 2.1 0.572
24 159 Cameron Bairstow  New Mexico MWC Sr. 17 31.7 20.5 7.2 1.9 0.8 1.4 2.0 0.604
29 157 Russ Smith  Louisville AAC Sr. 19 28.5 18.4 3.4 4.7 1.9 0.1 3.1 0.562
31 156 Julius Randle  Kentucky SEC Fr. 17 29.2 16.9 10.5 1.6 0.2 0.7 3.3 0.599
33 155 Keith Appling  Michigan State Big Ten Sr. 18 32.2 16.1 3.7 4.6 1.2 0.6 2.0 0.598
35 155 Tyler Ennis  Syracuse ACC Fr. 18 33.6 11.9 3.2 5.5 2.7 0.2 1.3 0.532
38 155 Adreian Payne  Michigan State Big Ten Sr. 15 28.8 16.2 7.7 1.5 0.7 1.0 1.7 0.609
45 153 T.J. Warren  North Carolina State ACC So. 18 34.1 22.2 7.3 0.9 1.4 0.6 2.3 0.550
61 149 Jordan Clarkson  Missouri SEC Jr. 17 33.8 18.6 3.9 3.4 1.2 0.3 2.3 0.562
75 147 Chaz Williams  Massachusetts A-10 Sr. 17 34.9 16.3 2.7 7.3 1.4 0.2 3.4 0.552
84 145 Rodney Hood  Duke ACC So. 18 32.2 17.9 4.3 2.0 0.7 0.2 1.6 0.646
85 145 Joseph Young  Oregon Pac 12 Jr. 17 30.3 18.0 3.5 1.9 1.2 0.1 1.1 0.646
100 143 Cleanthony Early  Wichita State MVC Sr. 19 27.8 15.5 6.4 0.7 1.0 0.8 1.9 0.568
102 143 Sam Dekker  Wisconsin Big Ten So. 18 30.3 13.8 6.3 1.5 0.7 0.5 1.3 0.560
128 141 Aaron Gordon  Arizona Pac 12 Fr. 18 30.3 12.4 7.8 1.4 0.6 0.9 1.5 0.513
198 134 Andrew Wiggins  Kansas Big 12 Fr. 17 31.4 15.1 6.0 1.5 0.9 0.9 2.0 0.542
285 130 Aaron Craft  Ohio State Big Ten Sr. 18 34.3 9.0 3.2 5.0 2.3 0.1 2.3 0.549
306 129 C.J. Fair  Syracuse ACC Sr. 18 36.4 16.8 5.8 1.4 1.6 0.7 2.9 0.509

 

Here are the highest HnR Wooden “snubs” (rating/ranking through 1-19):

Rnk HnR Wooden Snub Team Conf Cla GP Mn/g Pt/g Rb/g A/g S/g B/g T/g TS%
1 179 K.J. McDaniels Clemson ACC Jr. 17 30.5 16.7 7.2 1.0 1.2 2.7 1.9 0.587
4 172 Alan Williams UC Santa Barbara Big West Jr. 14 30.4 22.8 11.0 1.0 1.2 2.4 2.1 0.593
5 172 Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh ACC Sr. 18 30.8 17.6 4.7 4.5 1.4 0.3 2.3 0.625
7 170 Joel Embiid Kansas Big 12 Fr. 17 22.5 11.0 7.6 1.4 0.9 2.9 2.2 0.680
8 169 Justin Jackson Cincinnati AAC Sr. 19 26.5 11.6 7.5 1.8 1.7 3.3 1.9 0.534
9 168 Javon McCrea Buffalo MAC Sr. 14 30.9 16.6 9.4 1.9 1.6 2.9 2.4 0.588
10 168 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Big Ten Jr. 18 27.0 13.5 5.9 1.2 0.8 1.8 0.9 0.638
12 163 Fred VanVleet Wichita State MVC So. 19 32.3 12.9 3.6 5.1 1.9 0.2 1.2 0.609
13 163 TaShawn Thomas Houston AAC Jr. 18 32.7 16.7 8.7 1.7 1.4 3.4 1.9 0.609
14 163 Aaron White Iowa Big Ten Jr. 18 25.4 14.0 6.4 2.2 0.8 0.6 1.8 0.722
17 161 Brad Waldow Saint Mary’s WCC Jr. 19 28.3 15.9 7.1 1.8 0.7 1.8 1.2 0.600
19 161 Larry Nance Jr. Wyoming MWC Jr. 17 33.4 15.8 9.3 1.8 1.5 2.0 1.6 0.609
20 160 Xavier Thames San Diego State MWC Sr. 17 29.4 16.9 2.8 2.6 1.8 0.0 1.7 0.577
22 159 Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati AAC Sr. 19 31.7 18.6 4.2 2.5 1.6 0.0 1.8 0.567

 

Here’s what I think about the snubs – and who they should replace – player by player:

TJ McDaniels needs to be on the list.  I know Clemson had a bad loss after my ratings through Sunday came out – but the nation does not realize how good this kid has been all things considered (pace, SoS, etc).  He very possibly won’t be #1 next Monday, but I’m guessing he’ll still be Top 5.  CJ Fair – good player, senior, good/great team – he and his poor shooting and poor A/TO ratio really isn’t nearly Top 25 material. Tyler Ennis should be Syracuse’s sole rep on Wooden’s list.

Alan Williams, stat monster.  When a player on a top 100 team in pt/rb/st/bk is north of 22/11/1/2 per game on the season after finishing the toughest part of their schedule – he’s probably pretty darn good.  UCSB is a top 100 team because Williams is truly one of the very best players in the nation – otherwise they’d be a bottom dweller.  Aaron Craft – gots to go.  I know, he’s tough, he’s a scrapper – blah blah blah.  He’s good – a 130 HnR is nice – but he’s FAR from elite.  Truth be told – this season for him so far is a bit short of what he’s accomplished each of the last two seasons.  Ohio State shouldn’t really have a rep – they and Villanova are probably the top 2 teams that shouldn’t have a rep, and both have struggled recently to boot to reinforce that.

Lamar Patterson.  How did they miss him?  He’s a “do everything well or VERY well” senior from a good team and a prestigious conference.  Andrew Wiggins, well, he’s a very good freshman.  But he has been short – actually WELL short – of the standard set by some great or even elite one & dones in recent memory (Davis/Irving/Wall/Cousins/Beasley/Love/Rose/Bayless/Mayo/Durant/Oden).

Now, Joel Embiid, he’s been a stud so far.  If Kansas has to have a rep (and they probably should) – get him in their instead of Wiggins.  But since I’ve already taken out Wiggins, then take out Aaron Gordon.  My fellow Arizona alums won’t be happy with me saying that – Gordon has been a great “team” player this season (unselfish/defender/etc.).  But, Arizona already has Nick Johnson on the list, and he needs to be there.  If a 2nd Arizona player should be there – TJ McConnell would obviously be the guy.  He has out Aaron Crafted Aaron Craft in about every way so far this season.  Now – I’m NOT putting TJ on the list – I’m just saying Aaron Gordon isn’t quite there yet.

Those being the biggest ommissions – let’s quickly go over others I’d trade.  Take out Sam Dekker – put in fellow Badger Frank Kaminsky.  Take out Cleanthony Early, put in fellow Shocker teammate Fred VanVleet (Ron Baker ain’t a bad choice either if one doesn’t go with FVV).  Take out Joseph Young, let’s get another west coast guy Xavier Thames in there.  Take out Rodney Hood (Duke already has Jabari Parker in) – get in a Cincy senior – either the scorer Sean Kilpatrick or the defender Justin Jackson.  Take out Chaz Williams – get Aaron White in there (Iowa is really good – they need a rep more than UMass – plus the kid has a 72%! TS%).  Jordan Clarkson is borderline – for now take your choice of a small or mid major guy McCrea, Thomas, Waldow, or Nance if you like.  Or not.  Or if you wanna get two of those guys in – take out an MSU guy (Payne or Appling – it’s almost impossible to figure out the best MSU guy out of those two AND Gary Harris). But, honestly, kinda picking nits at this point.

We’ll come back to this list as the season progresses – and see where these guys stand.  Gotta get my kids to basketball practice now.  Later.

Dan

 

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