Three Gators among 50 candidates for Wooden Award

Updated: October 25, 2006, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah of national champion Florida and Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of national runner-up UCLA are among the top 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden All-American team.

Glen Davis of LSU, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, Chris Lofton of Tennessee and Nevada's Nick Fazekas also made the preseason list.

The top 50 are based on last year's individual performances and team records. Other players who excel throughout the season will be considered for the top 30 list in January and the final national ballot in early March.

Among other preseason candidates are JamesOn Curry of Oklahoma State, Jarrius Jackson of Texas Tech, Jared Dudley of Boston College and Alando Tucker of Wisconsin.

"Fifteen conferences are represented this year, which shows the parity in college basketball," said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman.

The Wooden Award will be presented to the nation's top college basketball player April 7 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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