COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball players, point guard Phil Pressey and forward Laurence Bowers were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list.
The players selected by the 26-person Wooden Award National Advisory Board are strong candidates for the Wooden Award's official ballot. Players on the list must be making progress towards graduation and have a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Pressey's 7.6 assists per game are ranked No. 6 in the country. Pressey averaged 17 points and 12 assists in the past four games against Illinois, UCLA, Bucknell and Alabama.
Pressey broke the school's assist record and tied the Southeastern Conference's with 19 in the loss against UCLA on Dec. 28. Pressey was also named to the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award watch list earlier Thursday.
Bowers scored in 13-of-14 games this year and is averaging 18.8 and 7.3 rebounds. Bowers sprained his MCL against Alabama Monday night and will be out for at least the next two games.
Missouri was one of three schools with multiple midseason selections. Duke (Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry) and Kansas (Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey) were the other schools.
Missouri will play Ole Miss at 7 p.m. Saturday in Oxford, Miss.