Dawgs Yante Maten on midseason watch list for John Wooden Award

Jock Landale | Credit Tod Fierner Saint Mary's College Athletics

The award is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his university that he is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Young joins three other Big 12 players - Jevon Carter of West Virginia, Mohamed Bamba of Texas and Devonte' Graham of Kansas - on the list.

The sophomore standout leads Michigan State in scoring at 16.5 points per game, is second with 7.5 rebounds and is averaging 3.1 assists and 1.1 blocks.

University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named to the 2018 JohnR. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. He's among the top 10 in the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding. Shamet is shooting 55 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the foul line.

Young, who was born in Texas Tech country in Lubbock, Texas, but grew up in the shadow of OU in Norman, has taken the country by surprise and by storm this season. The sophomore has score double-figures in all 10 games played and has set new career highs in both rebounds and assists with nine apiece.

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Shamet is averaging a team-high 16.1 points for No. 5 Wichita State (13-2, 3-0 American).

He also made Big 12 history after becoming the first freshman to earn five Player of the Week awards. Former Sooner players Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield won the award in 2009 and 2016, respectively. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February.

Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.

The full Midseason Top 25 list can be viewed here.

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