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).
Players can be added to the list as the season progresses and Jabari Brown is making a strong case. 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).
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.
Mizzou Basketball returns to action on Saturday afternoon against South Carolina. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.