DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off totaling a career-high 34 points in the last contest, Duke University fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has been tabbed to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list as announced Thursday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring with a 20.4 per game average and is the only player in the league to total five straight games with 20 or more points. The 5-9 guard also ranks first in the ACC in steals (3.8), third in free throw percentage (85.9) and eighth in assists (4.1).
Brown has guided the Blue Devils to a 12-4 overall record and are currently ranked No. 16 nationally. She is only 51 points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark at Duke in just her second season. Brown would be the second-quickest Blue Devil to reach 1,000 points as she has only played in 50 games.
Other midseason candidates include Kristine Anigwe (California), Ariel Atkins (Texas), Monique Billings (UCLA), Kalani Brown (Baylor), Jordin Canada (UCLA), Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M), Napheesa Collier (UConn), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Asia Durr (Louisville), Katelynn Flaherty (Michigan), Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Brooke McCarty (Texas), Teaira McCowan (Miss. State), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Jaime Nared (Tennessee), Kia Nurse (UConn), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), Mercedes Russell (Tennessee), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn), Shakayla Thomas (FSU), Victoria Vivians (Miss. State), Gabby Williams (South Carolina) and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina).
Nationally, Brown ranks 27th in scoring, seventh in steals, 44th in free throw percentage and 87th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks to close the month of December. Brown is the only active player in the NCAA with 1,500 points, 500 assists, 200 three-pointers and 250 steals over her career at Duke and Maryland.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for one of the sport’s most prestigious honor.
The leading candidates will be narrowed down to the top 20 players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Duke will take on Wake Forest Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.