Written By UNC Sports Information Dept.
CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina junior forward James Michael McAdoo is among 50 players nationally on the preseason watch list for the John Wooden Award, given annually to the national player of the year.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has eight players on the watch list from six schools, including McAdoo, Duke's Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker and Rasheed Sulaimon, Syracuse's C.J. Fair, Virginia's Joe Harris, Notre Dame's Jerian Grant and Maryland's Dez Wells.
The Big 10 led with 10 players chosen to the preseason list from six different schools.
The ACC had eight, followed by the Big 12 (3 schools), Pac-12 (5 schools) and SEC (2 schools) with six selections each. The brand new American Athletic Conference had five selections (4 schools), followed by the Big East, West Coast and Mountain West with two each; and the Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, and Sun Belt each with one.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The Wooden Award All America Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.
UNC Sports Information Dept.