Preseason college basketball award lists don’t mean much, but they probably mean more than preseason rankings.
They’re a barometer — at both best and worst — of what’s expected, and the Wooden Award list points to another big year for Ohio college basketball.
Among the 50 preseason nominees for college basketball’s highest honor are Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Ohio University’s D.J. Cooper and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas. Also on the Wooden list are two Ohio natives, Michigan point guard Trey Burke (Columbus) and Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (Canton).
Of the 50 preseason nominees, nine play in the Big Ten and seven play in the Big East.