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Wooden Award Finalists For Player Of Year Include KU's Marcus Morris, KSU's Jacob Pullen

The Big 12 has four members of the 20 finalists for the John Wooden Award for the country's top college basketball player. Included in the 20 names: Colorado Buffaloes G Alec Burks, Kansas Jayhawks F Marcus Morris, Kansas State Wildcats G Jacob Pullen and Texas Longhorns G/F Jordan Hamilton.

If picking from just the four BIg 12 players, this isn't an easy choice. Morris is the best player on the best team while Burks and Pullen had major games to keep Colorado and Kansas State alive (even if the selection committee showed Colorado no love). Hamilton averaged over 18 points and seven boards per game (and second team All-American) for the Longhorns, who were the best team in the conference much of the season.

All four of those guys were widely considered the top four candidates for Big 12 player of the year, which ultimately went to Morris.

Here are the names of the 20 players still in contention for the Wooden Award:

 

2011 John R. Wooden Award Men's Ballot

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Marshon Brooks

6-5

Sr.

G/F

Providence

Big East

ALEC BURKS

6-6

SO.

G

COLORADO

BIG 12

Norris Cole

6-2

So.

G

Cleveland State

Horizon

Kenneth Faried

6-8

Sr.

F/C

Morehead State

Ohio Valley

Jimmer Fredette

6-2

Sr.

G

Brigham Young

Mountain West

JORDAN HAMILTON

6-7

SO.

G/F

TEXAS

BIG 12

Ben Hansbrough

6-3

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

Dwight Hardy

6-2

Sr.

G

St. John's

Big East

JaJuan Johnson

6-10

Sr.

F/C

Purdue

Big Ten

Kawhi Leonard

6-7

So.

F

San Diego State

Mountain West

Jon Leuer

6-10

Sr.

F

Wisconsin

Big Ten

E'Twaun Moore

6-4

Sr.

G

Purdue

Big Ten

MARCUS MORRIS

6-9

JR.

F

KANSAS

BIG 12

JACOB PULLEN

6-0

SR.

G

KANSAS STATE

BIG 12

Kyle Singler

6-8

Sr.

F

Duke

ACC

Nolan Smith

6-2

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Jared Sullinger

6-9

Fr.

F

Ohio State

Big Ten

Jordan Taylor

6-1

Jr.

G

Wisconsin

Big Ten

Kemba Walker

6-1

Jr.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Derrick Williams

6-8

So.

F

Arizona

Pac-10