Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr. among 25 midseason candidates for John R. Wooden Award

One day after leading the No. 12 Maryland men’s basketball team to its first victory over a Top 25 team this season, senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. was named Wednesday to the midseason Top 25 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, given annually to the nation’s top college player since 1977.

Maryland senior guard Kaila Charles was named to the women’s Wooden midseason Top 25 watch list. Charles leads the No. 17 Terps (10-3) with 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.


Cowan joins Bruno Fernando (2018-19) and Melo Trimble (2014-2017) as Terps named to the midseason list.

Cowan, who scored 20 points in a 67-55 victory over Ohio State, was among six Big Ten players in the Top 25, the most of any conference. Also named were Buckeyes center Kaleb Wesson, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, Michigan guard Zavier Simpson, Penn State forward Lamar Stevens and Iowa center Luka Garza.


Duke’s Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, was last season’s winner.

The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA tournament, and the winner of award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10.

John R. Wooden Award midseason Top 25 watch list

Precious Achiuwa, Memphis

Udoka Azubuike, Kansas


Saddiq Bey, Villanova

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland

Devon Dotson, Kansas

Anthony Edwards, Georgia

Malachi Flynn, San Diego State

Luka Garza, Iowa

Ashton Hagans, Kentucky

Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Markus Howard, Marquette

Tre Jones, Duke

Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky

Jordan Nwora, Louisville

Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga

Myles Powell, Seton Hall

Payton Pritchard, Oregon

Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Lamar Stevens, Penn State

Isaiah Stewart, Washington

Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Obi Toppin, Dayton

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

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