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Kentucky places four among top 50 for the John R. Wooden Award

Four Kentucky Wildcats -- including three freshmen -- headline the top 50 list of early season candidates for the John R. Wooden award, according to Tuesday's announcement from the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Duke, Kansas and Michigan State each placed three players on the list.

The 50 candidates are named below (in alphabetical order).

The list will be limited to 20 players midseason.

  • Jordan Adams (UCLA)
  • Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
  • Keith Appling (Michigan State)
  • Isaiah Austin (Baylor)
  • Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
  • Semaj Christon (Xavier)
  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
  • Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado)
  • Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
  • Joel Embiid (Kansas)
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
  • Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
  • Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State)
  • Joe Harris (Virginia)
  • Andrew Harrison (Kentucky)
  • Tyler Haws (BYU)
  • Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
  • Rodney Hood (Duke)
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis)
  • Cory Jefferson (Baylor)
  • Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
  • Alex Kirk (New Mexico)
  • James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Mitch McGary (Michigan)
  • Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)
  • Jabari Parker (Duke)
  • Adreian Payne (Michigan State)
  • Elfrid Payton (Lafayette)
  • Dwight Powell (Stanford)
  • Julius Randle (Kentucky)
  • Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
  • Glenn Robinson III (Michigan)
  • LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State)
  • Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas)
  • Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke)
  • Noah Vonleh (Indiana)
  • Dez Wells (Maryland)
  • Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
  • Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
  • James Young (Kentucky)

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
 
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