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Kansas' Andrew Wiggins Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

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Kansas freshman AndrewWiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25List, the Los Angles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Wiggins is one of three Big 12 Conference student-athletes listed - and one ofonly five freshmen. The players on the list are considered strong candidatesfor the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 topplayers who have proven to their universities that they are making progresstoward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However,players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. TheWooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, willbe announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAATournament.

Wiggins leads Kansas with a 15.2 scoring average, which also leads the Big 12freshman class and is 10th overall in the conference. The 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario,Canada, guard has five games of 20-plus points and pulled down a season-high 19rebounds at then No. 8 Iowa State (1/13). Wiggins is 50-of-59 (84.7 percent)from the free throw line in his last 10 games after hitting 10-of-12 charityshots during his 17-point effort in the win versus No. 23 Baylor on ESPN BigMonday. He has made 20 threes this season, leads KU with 17 steals and his 6.1rebound average is third on the team.

Last season, Kansas' BenMcLemore and JeffWithey were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason and finalballot lists. McLemore went on to be named Wooden Award All-American.

No. 8/11 Kansas is 14-4 overall and the only undefeated team in the 2014 Big 12Conference race at 5-0 heading into its Saturday, Jan. 25 game at TCU. TheJayhawks have defeated four nationally-ranked teams in each of its last fouroutings, a feat last accomplished by North Carolina in 1996-97.

The John R. Wooden Award Midseason List was announced on ESPN's SportsCenterand ESPN.com Wednesday and ESPNU will feature the honorees in a half-hour showat 5 p.m. (Central). For the complete list, go to http://www.woodenaward.com/.

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