Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky anchor this year's Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list, which was announced on ESPN on Monday. Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and point guards Fred VanVleet and Marcus Paige, all Associated Press first-team preseason All-Americans, are also included. Arizona forward Stanley Johnson is one of nine freshmen to make the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50. Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire
Okafor is one of seven freshmen on this season's list. There were nine freshmen on the preseason watch list in 2013-14, the first season that freshmen and transfers were added to the candidate pool.
Kansas ( Wayne Selden Jr., Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis and Kelly Oubre) and Kentucky ( Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Karl Anthony-Towns), the No. 1 team in the Associated Press and USA Today preseason polls, each have four players on this year's watch list.
Of the 50 players on the watch list, 22 will compete in the Tip-Off Marathon on the ESPN family of networks.
The list will be reduced to 25 players in January, and the finalists will be announced in March. Players who were not included on the preseason list can be added in the next rounds. The best example of the latter is former Indiana star Victor Oladipo, who wasn't included on the midseason list in 2012-13 but was a finalist for the award.
Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List
Player School Position Class Cliff Alexander Kansas F Fr. Brandon Ashley Arizona F Jr. Ron Baker Wichita State G RJr. Ryan Boatright UConn G Sr. Malcolm Brogdon Virginia G RJr. Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky F Jr. Branden Dawson Michigan State G/F Sr. Sam Dekker Wisconsin F Jr. Perry Ellis Kansas F Jr. Yogi Ferrell Indiana G Jr. Marcus Foster Kansas State G So. Michael Frazier II Florida G Jr. Treveon Graham VCU G/F Sr. Jerian Grant Notre Dame G Sr. Olivier Hanlan Boston College G Jr. Montrezl Harrell Louisville F Jr. Aaron Harrison Kentucky G So. Andrew Harrison Kentucky G So. Tyler Haws BYU G Sr. Buddy Hield Oklahoma G Jr. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona F So. R.J. Hunter Georgia State G Jr. Stanley Johnson Arizona F Fr. Tyus Jones Duke G Fr. Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin F Sr. Caris LeVert Michigan G Jr. Jordan Mickey LSU F So. Nic Moore SMU G RJr. Georges Niang Iowa State F Jr. Jahlil Okafor Duke C Fr. Kelly Oubre Jr. Kansas G Fr. Marcus Paige North Carolina G Jr. Kevin Pangos Gonzaga G Sr. Terran Petteway Nebraska F Jr. Bobby Portis Arkansas F So. Chasson Randle Stanford G Sr. Terry Rozier Louisville G So. Wesley Saunders Harvard G Sr. Josh Scott Colorado F Jr. Wayne Selden Jr. Kansas G So. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Georgetown G Jr. Juwan Staten West Virginia G Sr. Keifer Sykes Green Bay G Sr. Isaiah Taylor Texas G So. Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky F Fr. Myles Turner Texas F Fr. Fred VanVleet Wichita State G Jr. Dez Wells Maryland G/F Sr. Delon Wright Utah G Sr. Joseph Young Oregon G RSr.