Beasley named to Mid-Season Wooden List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Freshman forward Michael Beasley has been selected as one of 30 Mid-Season candidates for the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award, the organization announced Saturday.


Beasley, who is the only player in the country to rank in the top-5 in both scoring and rebounding in the nation, was named to the prestigious list by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee.  He was one of eleven players who were not on the preseason list, including one of six true freshmen.  He was also joined on the list by three other Big 12 players, including KansasMario Chalmers and Brandon Rush and TexasD.J. Augustin.  The mid-season list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.


One of the most coveted college basketball awards, the John R. Wooden Award was created in 1976 and named for legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John R. Wooden.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.   


Players who do not make the mid-season list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee.  More than 1,000 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from across the nation, will then cast their votes to determine both the 10-member All-American Team and Player of the Year.  In late March, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced.


The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to impress this season, as he is averaging 25.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting (167-of-295), including 38.1 percent from 3-point range, with 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 29.6 minutes per game this season. As of Friday, he ranked among the top-5 in the nation in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (first).  He has recorded a double-double in 16 of 18 games this season and has totaled 13 games of 20 or more points.  He registered his seventh game of 30 or more points against Iowa State on Saturday, which tied Bob Boozer (1958-59) and Norris Coleman (1985-86) for the most in a Kansas State single-season.  His 16 double-doubles are two shy of single-season mark of 18 by Larry Comley (1960-61).  


Kansas State (14-4, 4-0 Big 12) returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30 when the Wildcats play host to No. 2 Kansas (20-0, 5-0 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. CST.