Creighton's Marcus Foster named to Wooden Award Midseason List

Jock Landale | Credit Tod Fierner Saint Mary's College Athletics

Jock Landale | Credit Tod Fierner Saint Mary's College Athletics

Through the midway point of the regular season, Young leads the nation in both scoring (29.2 points per game) and assists (10.2).

Ionescu also has four triple-doubles this season and an NCAA-record eight in her career.

Williams now leads the American Athletic Conference in defensive rebounds with 6.9. He leads the American Athletic Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.4 and three-pointers per game (2.6), and ranks fifth nationally in three-point percentage (.527).

Bridges' honors include Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and preseason National Player of the Year by ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated.

The Wooden Award will narrow its field to 20 candidates in February, with the top 15 players eventually making it onto the final ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Inclusion on the list means that Bridges is among the frontrunners for the award, but the award victor does not need to be on the midseason top 25. The victor of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on Friday, April 6, 2018. Almost 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee.

Bridges was also on the preseason top 50 list. The victor of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced in early April during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show.

Oklahoma is the only school with multiple John R. Wooden Award winners over the past 14 seasons with Buddy Hield (2016) and Blake Griffin (2009) each earning the honor.

The 2017-18 Wooden Award will be handed out on April. 6 in Los Angeles.

Young has been the breakout star of the college basketball season.

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