COLUMBIA — Marcus Denmon, a senior guard on the Missouri men's basketball team, was named a Midseason Top 25 candidate for the John R. Wooden Award this week.
Denmon leads No. 5 Missouri and is second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring at 17.8 points per game. He leads the conference in free-throw percentage and 3-point shots made.
The 26-person Wooden Award National Advisory Board, which is responsible for selecting the candidates, announced the Midseason Top 25 on Tuesday. The award, created in 1976, is given to college basketball's best player after the NCAA Tournament. More than 1,000 sportswriters and sportscasters vote on the recipient each year.
Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, a 2011 Wooden Award All-American, is the only player returning to the watch list.
BYU standout Jimmer Fredette won the award in 2011 and was preceded by Ohio State's Evan Turner in 2010 and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin in 2009.