Today, Marcus Morris moves one step closer to claiming the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award. Midway through the season, the Jayhawks’ leading scorer has propelled his team to an undefeated record and a top five ranking.
Through fourteen games, Marcus Morris has not only led the Jayhawks in scoring, but is dominating in the paint by shooting 60.6% from the field (best in the Big 12). If his inside game isn’t enough to keep opposing coaches flustered, he has also connected on 14 of 31 three point attempts. During this non-conference run, Morris is averaging 15.2 points per game while grabbing 6.1 rebounds and providing much needed strength in the paint.
Morris has proven to be the most polished post player in the conference while dominating countless foes. Marcus Morris has placed himself in the upper echelon of college basketball in the process. The Midseason Wooden List is a compilation of the top 30 players in college basketball selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
In order to remain in contention for the award, athletes must show progress toward graduation while maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA. The Wooden All-American Team will be announced during the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.
Past Wooden Award All-Americans in the Bill Self era are Wayne Simien (2005), Brandon Rush (2007 and 2008), and Sherron Collins (2010).
Other Big 12 athletes listed include Alec Burks (Colorado), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Jordan Hamilton (Texas), and Jacob Pullen (Kansas State).
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Written by Shaun Albin