John R. Wooden Award: 4 B1G stars placed on late season top 20 watchlist
The late season top 20 candidate list for the John R. Wooden Award has been announced and 4 B1G stars are in contention!
The B1G, ACC and Big 12 all have 4 players on the list, tied for most of all conferences. On the top 20 list for the B1G are Penn State’s Jalen Pickett, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, Purdue’s Zach Edey and Iowa’s Kris Murray.
You can find the full list below:
Trayce Jackson-Davis lands on the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List today. #iubb
Here’s the full list: pic.twitter.com/cUMEpGxNIy
— Jack Ankony (@ankony_jack) January 31, 2023
Zach Edey seems to be the frontrunner for the award with just over 2 months remaining in the season. The Purdue big man has been nothing short of dominant, recently posting a career high of 38 points in a win over Michigan State Sunday.
The remaining 3 are strong cases as well, especially Jackson-Davis and Pickett. The latter has played like the best guard in the conference for Penn State, averaging just under 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Jackson-Davis, though, has carried Indiana at times and is one of the best rebounders in the conference.
Kris Murray is one of the better scoring big men in the conference, averaging just under 21 points per game. That mark is good enough for 16th in the country.