The Wooden Award has announced its 25 finalists, and Mississippi State junior forward Arnett Moultrie has made the cut. The award goes annually to the best player in college basketball – it’s the hoops equivalent of the Heisman, or the closest thing to it.
As Andy Katz points out in the above-linked blog, this list is fluid, and just because you’re not a finalist doesn’t mean you’re not eligible for the award. Still a lot of basketball to be played. Katz doesn’t give Moultrie much of a shot to win the Wooden, but he does think the 6-foot-11 UTEP transfer is a first-team All-American candidate. In fact, Katz has Moultrie as a first-team midseason All-American.
Other SEC players among the finalists: Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, and Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.