Wooden Award watch list announced

Standouts from Duke, Kansas and Missouri headlined the midseason watch list for the Wooden Award given annually to the country's most outstanding player.

The committee that selects the award released a list of 25 names on Thursday.

The Blue Devils, Jayhawks and Tigers each had two players survive the cut, making them the only schools with multiple players still remaining.

Headlining the group is Duke forward Mason Plumlee, who averages 17.7 points and 11.4 rebounds for the top-ranked and undefeated Blue Devils. Duke guard Seth Curry also is on the list.

Kansas center Jeff Withey and freshman guard Ben McLemore were named finalists, as were Missouri guard Phil Pressey and forward Laurence Bowers.

Creighton forward Doug McDermott and Michigan guard Trey Burke are also considered top contenders.

McDermott, who earned first-team All-American honors last season, averages 22.6 points per game and shoots 55 percent from the field.

Burke leads undefeated Michigan with 18.2 points and 7.3 assists.

Although it is difficult to argue with any of the selections, a handful of deserving players were snubbed.

Among them were UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, Louisville's Peyton Siva, Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova and Indiana's Victor Oladipo.

Nothing, though, is final. New names can be added to the list while old ones can be removed.

So there will be plenty of chances for surging or overlooked players to work their way into the mix before the end of the regular season.