Landry Shamet joins the Wooden Award midseason list

Michigan State forward Miles Bridges high-fives forward Jaren Jackson Jr. in the first half of their Big Ten basketball game against Rutgers at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Wednesday

The players on the Midseason Top 25 list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award.

The John Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. He leads his team and the West Coast Conference in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage, offensive rebounds (3.4), defensive rebounds (6.8), double-doubles (10) and total field-goals made (143).

Earlier this season, Maten joined the Bulldogs' top-10 carer leaders in both points and rebounds.

Bridges' honors include Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and preseason National Player of the Year by ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated.

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He boasts a season-high of 37 points against Sacramento State, has scored 30 or more points three times, and 20 or more in an impressive 11 games. Fifteen players will be named finalists, and the victor will be announced on April 6.

Michigan State has never had a player win the Wooden Award since it was created in 1976. 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. Voting will be open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and continue through the first weekend of the tournament.

Carter and the Aggies return to action Thursday night, by hosting No. 6 Tennessee at 6 p.m.

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