The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 was announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club
The Big East had six of the 20 selections, followed by the ACC with four; the Big 12 and Big Ten with three each; the SEC with two, and the CAA and Pac-12 with one apiece. No freshmen were chosen, and only two sophomores made the list: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Connecticut and Elizabeth Williams of Duke. Connecticut placed three players on the midseason Top 20 (Mosqueda-Lewis, Kelly Faris, Stefanie Dolson), while Baylor (Griner, Odyssey Sims), Duke (Williams, Chelsea Gray), Maryland (Alyssa Thomas, Tianna Hawkins), Notre Dame (Diggins, Kayla McBride), and Penn State (Alex Bentley, Maggie Lucas) each had two athletes selected.
Last year’s Wooden winner, Brittney Griner is on it. as are Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, both Wooden All Americans in 2012,
Other players at the top of the national statistical rankings on the midseason list include the nation’s top scorer, Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown (24.6 ppg), and Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, who ranks in the top 10 in the country in both scoring (21.4 ppg, 10th) and rebounding (11.6, 7th).
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on April 12, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club as part of the 37th annual Wooden Award Gala. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.