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Lauri Markkanen earns Wooden award midseason top 25 honor

Posted: 8:40 PM, Jan 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-12 05:30:01Z

The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John r. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 today on ESPNU.  Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list is made of 25 student-athletes who are front runners for the sports most prestigious honor, base on their performances during the first half of the2016-2017 season.

On the list, four players not on the Preaseason Top 50 were named to Mideason Top 25: Luke Kennard of Duke, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Kelan Martin of Butler, and Johnathan Motley of Baylor.

After only tow freshmen were named to the 2016 list, seven freshmen were named to the 2017 Midesason Top 25.  Lonzo Ball of UCLA, De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky, Markelle Fultz of Washington, Josh Jackson of Kansas, TJ Leaf of UCLA, Lauri Markkanen of Arizona, and Malik Monk of Kentucky.

The ACC and Pac-12 lead all conferences with five selections each.