Wisconsin is one of five schools in the country with two players on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, along with Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.
Senior Nigel Hayes and sophomore Ethan Happ were chosen by national college basketball experts to make the list of 25 players in the running for college basketball’s “most prestigious individual honor,” according to a press release.
The only programs in the country with two players on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25:
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 12, 2017
Wisconsin has had 14 players in program history named as candidates for the award and six Badgers have been on the Wooden Award’s final ballot. Frank Kaminsky became the first Wisconsin player to win the award when he did so in 2015.
Hayes is averaging 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Happ is averaging 13.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and Maryland’s Melo Trimble were also named to the Midseason Top 25.