Nick Calathes among 30 named to Wooden midseason list
Sophomore guard Nick Calathes is among 30 players named Friday to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30, which is comprised of players who will compete for this season's player of the year award.
The midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.
Calathes leads the Gators in scoring (18.1 points per game), assists (6.4 assists per game) and steals (1.9 steals per game). He ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game and is on pace to have the highest average in UF history.
He is 31 points shy of 1,000 for his career and is on pace to reach the mark faster than any Gator in nearly 25 years.
Calathes is one of three SEC players to make the list, joining Jodie Meeks of Kentucky and Tyler Smith of Tennessee. The list will be narrowed to 20 in March.
Here are the others who made the cut:
2009 Wooden Award
Midseason Top 30 Candidates
A.J. Abrams 5-11 G Sr. Texas
Jeff Adrien 6-7 F Sr. Connecticut
DeJuan Blair 6-7 F So. Pittsburgh
Jon Brockman 6-7 F Sr. Washington
Sherron Collins 5-11 G Jr. Kansas
Darren Collison 6-0 G Sr. UCLA
Stephen Curry 6-3 G Jr. Davidson
Jonny Flynn 6-0 G So. Syracuse
Taj Gibson 6-9 F Jr. USC
Blake Griffin 6-10 F So. Oklahoma
Tyler Hansbrough 6-9 F Sr. North Carolina
Luke Harangody 6-8 F Jr. Notre Dame
James Harden 6-4 G So. Arizona State
Manny Harris 6-5 G So. Michigan
Gerald Henderson 6-4 G/F Jr. Duke
Jordan Hill 6-10 F Jr. Arizona
Matt Howard 6-7 F So. Butler
Ty Lawson 5-11 G Jr. North Carolina
Kalin Lucas 6-0 F So. Michigan State
Wesley Matthews 6-5 G Sr. Marquette
Jerel McNeal 6-3 G Sr. Marquette
Jodie Meeks 6-4 G Jr. Kentucky
Greg Monroe 6-11 C Fr. Georgetown
Kyle Singler 6-8 F So. Duke
Tyler Smith 6-7 F Jr. Tennessee
Jeff Teague 6-2 G So. Wake Forest
Hasheem Thabeet 7-3 C Jr. Connecticut
Terrence Williams 6-6 F Sr. Louisville
Sam Young 6-6 F Jr. Pittsburgh