Oct. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) was named to the John R. Wooden Preseason Top 50 list today (Monday, Oct. 3) by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball media members, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Joining Hardaway on the preseason list from the Big Ten include Michigan State's Draymond Green, Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern's John Shurna, Ohio State's William Buford, Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.
In his first season with the Wolverines, Hardaway started all 35 games, averaging 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times -- the only non-Ohio State player to win the honor -- and was second among Big Ten freshmen in scoring, behind only Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.
Hardaway, who was a unanimous choice to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, scored in double figures in 27 games, including in each of his last 16 games of the 2010-11 season. He tallied a career-best 30 points in an overtime win at Iowa on Feb. 19 to become the first freshman since Daniel Horton (2003-06) to net 30 points or more during a game. He posted his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebound against Northwestern on Feb. 9.
The players on the preseason list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot. The national ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423