By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State junior Arnett Moultrie is one of 25 finalists for the Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top college basketball player.
The 6-foot-11 forward is the first Bulldog to be named a finalist since 2004, when Lawrence Roberts was one of the select few invited to Los Angeles for the award ceremony.
“It’s happened really quick, but it shows all the hard work is starting to pay off and show,” Moultrie said. “I’m real comfortable and embracing the moment while trying to stay humble.”
Moultrie is averaging 16.5 points and an SEC-leading 10.9 rebounds per game for No. 18 MSU (15-3, 2-1 SEC). He’s shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
The Wooden Award is voted on by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. It will be announced during Final Four weekend in New Orleans and presented April 6.