Appling and Payne Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
Jan. 22, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State basketball seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne have been chosen for the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletics Club on Wednesday.
Both Appling and Payne earned a spot on the Preseason Top 50 list for the award. Michigan State is one of just four schools (Arizona, Duke and Syracuse) with two players named to the Midsesaon Top 25.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. 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.
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). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.
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