Wong Selected to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Isaiah Wong of the University of Miami men’s basketball team is on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, as announced Wednesday night on ESPN2.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2022-23 season thus far, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are frontrunners for one of the sport’s most prestigious honors.
Wong is one of five ACC players on the list, good for the second-most of any conference, trailing just the six from the Big 12.
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A fourth-year junior guard, Wong is averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game for No. 12 Miami (13-1, 4-0 ACC). He is shooting 46.0 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent beyond the arc and 83.1 percent at the stripe. Wong is the only Division I player in the nation who meets each of those thresholds.
The Piscataway, N.J., native recently became the 11th player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points. A Preseason First Team All-ACC honoree, Wong owns a pair of ACC Player of the Week distinctions this season.
Wong and the other 24 players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2023 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen are still eligible for the Wooden Award National Ballot, which consists of 15 top players.
Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early-round games. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight. The winner of the 2023 John R. Wooden Award will be presented in Los Angeles in April.