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Gray Named to John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Nov. 14, 2017

JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
presented by Wendy's

2017-18 PRESEASON TOP 50

Name School
Rob Gray Houston
Jaylen Adams St Bonaventure
Deng Adel Louisville
Rawle Alkins Arizona
Grayson Allen Duke
KeVaughn Allen Florida
DeAndre Ayton Arizona
Marvin Bagley III Duke
Mohamed Bamba Texas
Joel Berry II North Carolina
Trevon Bluiett Xavier
Miles Bridges Michigan State
Bruce Brown Jr. Miami (Fla.)
Jalen Brunson Villanova
Jeffrey Carroll Oklahoma State
Jevon Carter West Virginia
Bonzie Colson Notre Dame
Mike Daum South Dakota State
Angel Delgado Seton Hall
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky
Trevon Duval Duke
Vincent Edwards Purdue
Jacob Evans Cincinnati
Matt Farrell Notre Dame
Marcus Foster Creighton
Devonte' Graham Kansas
Ethan Happ Wisconsin
Aaron Holiday UCLA
Chandler Hutchison Boise State
Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan State
Kevin Knox Kentucky
Ben Lammers Georgia Tech
Jock Landale Saint Mary's
Kelan Martin Butler
Nate Mason Minnesota
Yante Maten Georgia
Bryant McIntosh Northwestern
Jordan McLaughlin USC
Chimezie Metu USC
Shake Milton USC
Malik Newman Kansas
Michael Porter Jr. Missouri
Collin Sexton Alabama
Landry Shamet Wichita State
Reid Travis Stanford
Allonzo Trier Arizona
Moritz Wagner Michigan
Robert Williams Texas A&M
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga
Trae Young Oklahoma

HOUSTON -- University of Houston senior guard Rob Gray received additional national recognition when he was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 on Tuesday afternoon.

Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.

In October, he was named to the Watch List for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation's top off-guard. The Forest City, N.C., native also earned a place on the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team.

In 2016-17, Gray led the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.6 points per game, becoming Houston's eighth conference scoring champion in school history and the first since Aubrey Coleman led the nation in 2010.

He was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team and was selected to the USBWA All-District VII Team and the NABC All-District 25 Second Team.

Gray was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team after leading Houston to its first regular-season tournament title since 1991 and was a two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week selection.

Gray became the 46th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points during his Cougar career and was the 12th-fastest player to reach that milestone.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Men's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee. Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games.

The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on April 6, 2018.


ABOUT THE
JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.


Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and last year's recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.

The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.


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