Los Angeles, Calif. - Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers is one of 50 Division I players who have been named to the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, presented by Wendy’s. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor.
It is the third preseason watch list to which Lammers has been named. The 6-10 senior from San Antonio, Texas, is on the preseason lists for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award and the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award, which is presented to the nation’s top center.
Lammers is coming off a breakout junior year in which he was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Lammers averaged 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while hitting 51.5 percent of his shots from the floor. He ranked third in the nation in blocked shots (125) and averaged more than 35 minutes per game in helping lead the Yellow Jackets to a 21-16 record (8-10 in the ACC) and make a run to the finals of the NIT.
He posted a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds, both game highs) against No. 21 UCLA in the Yellow Jackets’ season opener last weekend in Shanghai, China.
Georgia Tech has never had a player win the Wooden Award, though Mark Price, John Salley, Tom Hammonds, Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson and Matt Harpring have all been finalists.
The Preseason Top 50 list represents 11 conferences. The ACC leads all conferences with 9 selections, followed by the Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC with 7 selections apiece, Big 12 (6), Big East (5), The American (4). The WCC has two selections and the Atlantic 10, Mountain West, and The Summit League each have one selection.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for the Wooden Award midseason list, late season list and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee. Voting will open prior to the start of 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” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.
2017-18 Preseason Top 50
|Jaylen Adams||St. Bonaventure||Atlantic 10||6-2||Sr.||G|
|DeAndre Ayton||Arizona||Pac-12 7-1||Fr.||F|
|Marvin Bagley III||Duke||ACC||6-11||Fr.||F|
|Mohamed Bamba||Texas||Big 12||6-11||Fr.||F|
|Joel Berry II||North Carolina||ACC||6-0||Sr.||G|
|Trevon Bluiett||Xavier||Big East||6-6||Sr.||G|
|Miles Bridges||Michigan St.||Big Ten||6-7||Soph.||G/F|
|Bruce Brown Jr.||Miami||ACC||6-5||Soph.||G|
|Jalen Brunson||Villanova||Big East||6-3||Jr.||G|
|Jeffrey Carroll||Oklahoma St.||Big 12||6-6||Sr.||G/F|
|Jevon Carter||West Virginia||Big 12||6-2||Sr.||G|
|Bonzie Colson||Notre Dame||ACC||6-6||Sr.||F|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota St.||The Summit League||6-9||Jr.||F|
|Angel Delgado||Seton Hall||Big East||6-10||Sr.||C|
|Vincent Edwards||Purdue||Big Ten||6-8||Sr.||F|
|Jacob Evans||Cincinnati||The American||6-6||Jr.||G/F|
|Matt Farrell||Notre Dame||ACC||6-1||Sr.||G|
|Marcus Foster||Creighton||Big East||6-3||Sr.||G|
|Devonte' Graham||Kansas||Big 12||6-2||Sr.||G|
|Rob Gray||Houston||The American||6-1||Sr.||G|
|Ethan Happ||Wisconsin||Big Ten||6-10||Jr.||F|
|Chandler Hutchison||Boise State||Mountain West||6-7||Sr.||G|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||Michigan St.||Big Ten||6-11||Fr.||F|
|Ben Lammers||Georgia Tech||ACC||6-10||Sr.||C|
|Jock Landale||Saint Mary's||WCC||6-11||Sr.||C|
|Kelan Martin||Butler||Big East||6-7||Sr.||F|
|Nate Mason||Minnesota||Big Ten||6-2||Sr.||G|
|Bryant McIntosh||Northwestern||Big Ten||6-3||Sr.||G|
|Shake Milton||SMU||The American||6-6||Jr.||G|
|Malik Newman||Kansas||Big 12||6-3||Soph.||G|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Missouri||SEC||6-10||Fr.||F|
|Landry Shamet||Wichita State||The American||6-4||Soph.||G|
|Moritz Wagner||Michigan||Big Ten||6-11||Jr.||F|
|Robert Williams||Texas A&M||SEC||6-10||Soph.||F|
|Trae Young||Oklahoma||Big 12||6-2||Fr.||G|