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Wooden Award finalists named

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Creighton forward Doug McDermott highlights the list of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player.

The finalists were announced Saturday.

McDermott, a senior, is nearing 3,000 points in his collegiate career. Creighton takes on Providence on Saturday.

The finalists also include three freshmen: Kentucky forward Julius Randle, Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker.

The Big Ten includes two finalists: Michigan State guard Gary Harris and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas.

Syracuse is the only school with two finalists: guard Tyler Ennis and forward C.J. Fair.

Five other seniors made this list, including Louisville guard Russ Smith, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Florida forward Casey Prather and Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early.

Arizona guard Nick Johnson is the only junior.

Four sophomores, including Delaware guard Kyle Anderson, are also finalists.

The Wooden Award winner will be announced April 4.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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