Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer both survived the cut to make the Wooden Award late season top 20 on Wednesday.
Gonzaga joined Duke and Louisville as the three schools to have multiple players nominated
The player of the year race around national circles seems to have it as a choice between Okafor and senior Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky. However, you could also make arguments for both Pangos and Wiltjer, depending on how the season shakes out.
Wiltjer leads the nation in offensive rating amongst players using at least 24 percent of possessions, according to Ken Pomeroy. Wiltjer has a true shooting percentage of 63.2 and leads the Bulldogs scoring attack at 16.4 points per game.
Pangos is having a season for the ages. He has set the school record in three points made and is third out of all players in the county in offensive rating, according to Ken Pomeroy. Pangos is shooting the ball at a career clip, and while he hasn't been as necessary to score in the offense, he is leading it in other ways. He boasts an assist to turnover ratio of 3.6:1.
Here is the full list of the nominees.
|Ron Baker||Wichita State||MVC||jr||g|
|Jerian Grant||Notre Dame||ACC||sr||g|
|Buddy Hield||Oklahoma||Big 12||jr||g|
|Stanley Johnson||Arizona||Pac 12||fr||f|
|Frank Kaminsky||Wisconsin||Big Ten||sr||f|
|Georges Niang||Iowa State||Big 12||jr||f|
|Chasson Randle||Stanford||Pac 12||sr||g|
|D'Angelo Russell||Ohio State||Big Ten||fr||g|
|Juwan Staten||West Virginia||Big 12||sr||g|
|Delon Wright||Utah||Pac 12||sr||g|