Newman, Vivians up for Wooden Award

Victoria Vivians

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State is one of only two Southeastern Conference programs to place players on the men’s and women’s watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.

The Wooden Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate men’s and women’s basketball players. Bulldogs freshman guard Malik Newman earned the distinction from the men’s side while sophomore guard Victoria Vivians earned a spot on the women’s watch list.

Newman, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Jackson, made his collegiate debut Monday night scoring six points in 17 minutes off the bench. The former McDonald’s All-American has been sidelined with turf toe for the last three weeks.

Newman is one of six SEC players among the 50 named to the watch list.

Vivians scored eight points in the Bulldogs’ season opener last Friday after getting into early foul trouble. The 6-foot-1 native of Carthage led MSU with 14.9 points per game as a freshman last season.

Six other players from the SEC join Vivians on the watch list of 30.

The Wooden All-American team will be announced during the Final Four and the winner will be named during the ESPN College Basketball Awards show on April 8.

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky won the Wooden Award for the men last year while UConn’s Breanna Stewart claimed the women’s honor.

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Preseason Top 50 Men’s Nominees

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Grayson Allen

6-5

Soph.

G

Duke ACC
Zach Auguste

6-10

Sr.

F

Notre Dame ACC
Ron Baker#

6-4

Sr.

G

Wichita State Missouri Valley
DeAndre’ Bembry

6-6

Jr.

F

St. Joseph’s Atlantic 10
James Blackmon, Jr.

6-4

Soph.

G

Indiana Big Ten
Malcolm Brogdon#

6-5

Sr.

G

Virginia ACC
Jaylen Brown

6-7

Fr.

F

California Pac-12
Jalen Brunson

6-3

Fr.

G

Villanova Big East
Kyle Collinsworth

6-6

Sr.

G

BYU WCC
Kellen Dunham

6-6

Jr.

G

Butler Big East
Kris Dunn

6-4

Jr.

G

Providence Big East
Perry Ellis

6-8

Sr.

F

Kansas Big 12
Yogi Ferrell

6-0

Sr.

G

Indiana Big Ten
Rico Gathers

6-8

Sr.

F

Baylor Big 12
Anthony Gill

6-8

Sr.

F

Virginia ACC
Daniel Hamilton

6-7

Soph.

G/F

Connecticut The American
A.J. Hammons

7-0

Sr.

C

Purdue Big Ten
Nigel Hayes

6-8

Jr.

F

Wisconsin Big Ten
Buddy Hield

6-4

Sr.

G

Oklahoma Big 12
Danuel House

6-7

Sr.

G

Texas A&M SEC
Brandon Ingram

6-9

Fr.

G/F

Duke ACC
Demetrius Jackson

6-1

Jr.

G

Notre Dame ACC
Brice Johnson

6-10

Sr.

F

North Carolina ACC
Damian Jones

7-0

Jr.

C

Vanderbilt SEC
Bronson Koenig

6-4

Jr.

G

Wisconsin Big Ten
Skal Labissiere

6-11

Fr.

F

Kentucky SEC
Jake Layman

6-9

Sr.

F

Maryland Big Ten
Caris LeVert

6-7

Sr.

G

Michigan Big Ten
Nic Moore

5-9

Sr.

G

SMU The American
Monte Morris

6-3

Jr.

G

Iowa State Big 12
Jamal Murray

6-4

Fr.

G

Kentucky SEC
Malik Newman

6-3

Fr.

G

Mississippi State SEC
Georges Niang

6-8

Sr.

F

Iowa State Big 12
Marcus Paige

6-2

Sr.

G

North Carolina ACC
Gary Payton II

6-3

Sr.

G

Oregon State Pac-12
Jakob Poeltl

7-0

Soph.

F

Utah Pac-12
Taurean Prince

6-8

Sr.

F

Baylor Big 12
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

6-4

Soph.

G

Florida State ACC
Domantas Sabonis

6-11

Soph.

F

Gonzaga WCC
Ben Simmons

6-10

Fr.

F

LSU SEC
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

6-3

Sr.

G

Georgetown Big East
Kaleb Tarczewski

7-0

Sr.

C

Arizona Pac-12
Isaiah Taylor

6-3

Jr.

G

Texas Big 12
Melo Trimble

6-3

Soph.

G

Maryland Big Ten
Tyler Ulis

5-9

Soph.

G

Kentucky SEC
Denzel Valentine

6-5

Sr.

G

Michigan State Big Ten
Fred VanVleet

6-0

Sr.

G

Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyrone Wallace

6-5

Sr.

G

California Pac-12
Troy Williams

6-7

Jr.

F

Indiana Big Ten
Kyle Wiltjer#

6-10

Sr.

F

Gonzaga WCC

# indicates player selected as a 2014-15 Wooden Award All American

Women’s Preseason Top 30

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Lindsay Allen

5-8

Jr.

G

Notre Dame ACC
Jillian Alleyne

6-3

Sr.

F

Oregon Pac-12
Ameryst Alston

5-9

Sr.

G

Ohio State Big Ten
Adut Bulgak

6-4

Sr.

C

Florida State ACC
Alaina Coates

6-4

Jr.

C

South Carolina SEC
Nia Coffey

6-1

Jr.

F

Northwestern Big Ten
Nina Davis#

5-11

Jr.

F

Baylor Big 12
Diamond DeShields

6-1

Soph.

G

Tennessee SEC
Rebecca Greenwell

6-1

Soph.

G

Duke ACC
Bria Holmes

6-1

Sr.

G

West Virginia Big 12
Moriah Jefferson

5-7

Sr.

G

Connecticut The American
Niya Johnson

5-8

Sr.

G

Baylor Big 12
Brionna Jones

6-3

Jr.

C

Maryland Big Ten
Jonquel Jones

6-4

Sr.

F

George Washington Atlantic 10
Kelsey Mitchell

5-8

Soph.

G

Ohio State Big Ten
Tiffany Mitchell#

5-9

Sr.

G

South Carolina SEC
Kelsey Plum

5-8

Jr.

G

Washington Pac-12
Aerial Powers

6-0

Jr.

F

Michigan State Big Ten
Leticia Romero

5-8

Jr.

G

Florida State ACC
Azurá Stevens

6-6

Soph.

F/G

Duke ACC
Breanna Stewart#*

6-4

Sr.

F

Connecticut The American
Lili Thompson

5-7

Jr.

G

Stanford Pac-12
Morgan Tuck

6-2

Jr.

F

Connecticut The American
Brianna Turner

6-3

Soph.

F

Notre Dame ACC
Victoria Vivians

6-1

Soph.

F

Mississippi State SEC
Courtney Walker

5-8

Sr.

G

Texas A&M SEC
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

5-11

Jr.

G

Maryland Big Ten
Courtney Williams

5-8

Sr.

G

South Florida The American
Courtney Williams

6-1

Sr.

F/G

Texas A&M SEC
A’ja Wilson

6-5

Soph.

F

South Carolina SEC

# indicates player selected as a 2014-15 Wooden Award All American

* indicates player selected as 2014-15 Wooden Award Player of the Year

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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