Two Cats make Wooden Award watch list


Kentucky freshman guard Kevin Knox shoots a 3-pointer during the game against Utah Valley on Friday, November 10, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 73-63. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

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The John R. Wooden Award announced its top 50 candidates on Tuesday before UK’s game against Kansas, and two UK players made the list.

Hamidou Diallo and Kevin Knox were two of the 50 talented basketball players who made the 2018 watch list. Other notable players on the list are Duke’s Grayson Allen, Missouri’s Michael Porter and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges.

The award is the most prestigious honor out of all college basketball trophies, and it’s given to the top player in college basketball each year.

Kansas’ Frank Mason III won the award last year. Kansas has two players who made the watch list this season, Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman. Arizona and Duke are tied with the most players on the watch list with three. 

Diallo and Knox were two of the 10 freshman named to the list. The SEC had seven players named to the watch list, while the ACC led all conferences with nine players.