Jan. 22, 2014
Columbia, Mo. -
Wooden Award Midseason List
Missouri junior guard Jordan Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Wednesday. Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the sport's most prestigious individual honor based on their play so far this season.
Clarkson has been one of college basketball's most impactful newcomers this year and is averaging 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assist and 1.3 steals in 18 games this season. The San Antonio native leads Missouri with nine 20-point games, including a career high 31 points in a Nov. 12 win against Southern Illinois. The 6-foot-5 guard has reached double figures in 18 consecutive games and ranks No. 5 in the SEC in scoring, No. 10 in field goal percentage (.472), No. 7 in assists and No. 5 in free throw percentage (.804).
Clarkson is one of three Southeastern Conference representatives on the list, joining Florida's Casey Prather and Kentucky's Julius Randle. Clarkson is also one of four transfers on the list becoming eligible this season, joining Duke's Rodney Hood, Iowa State's DeAndre Kane and Oregon's Joseph Young.
Players can be added to the list as the season progresses and fellow Tiger junior Jabari Brown is making a strong case. Like Clarkson, Brown has also reached double figures in all-18 games and has topped 20 points in three straight outings. On the year, Brown ranks No. 2 in the SEC in scoring (19.3), No. 8 in field goal percentage (.498), No. 3 from three-point range (.451) and No. 3 in three-point makes per game (2.8).
Over his last six games the Oakland, Calif., native is averaging 21.6 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 52 percent shooting from three and 82 percent shooting from the foul line.
The combination of Clarkson and Brown are one of just two high major basketball tandems averaging better than 18.0 points per game this season and the pair is combining for 38.0 points per game for Frank Haith's Tigers.
Mizzou Basketball returns to action on Saturday afternoon against South Carolina. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and is a part of the American Cancer Society's Suits and Sneakers weekend benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. Tiger fans are encouraged to wear White to Saturday's game, creating a Whiteout at Mizzou Arena to show support for the organization co-founded by Tiger Legend, Norm Stewart.
A special Whiteout shirt will be on sale at the Tiger Team Store ($9.99) inside Mizzou Arena and proceeds will help benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
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