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Wednesday January 22, 2014Casey Prather Named to the John. R. Wooden Midseason Top 25

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Midseason Top 25 today and Florida senior Casey Prather earned a spot. Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the sportís most prestigious individual honor based on their play so far this season. ESPNU will follow up at 6 p.m. with a half-hour show focusing on all of the candidates.

Prather, who has scored in double figures in every game he has played this season, posted a career-high scoring night with 28 points in the Gatorsí season-opening win over UNF and has two additional 27-point performances. He is one of just three UF players under head coach Billy Donovan to notch three 27-point games in a season. This senior forward has led Florida in scoring nine times in his career, eight of those games coming this season alone. Averaging 17.3 points per game, Prather boasts a .636 field-goal percentage that ranks fourth in the nation and tops the SEC.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nationís top 10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight.

Conference play will continue on Saturday as the Gators welcome Tennessee to the Stephen C. OíConnell Center at 7 p.m. Fans can click here to view ticket options and purchase available tickets.

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Midseason Top 25

Name

Year

Pos.

School

Kyle Anderson

So.

G/F

UCLA

Keith Appling

Sr.

G

Michigan State

Cameron Bairstow

Sr.

F

New Mexico

Jordan Clarkson

Jr.

G

Missouri

Aaron Craft

Sr.

G

Ohio State

Sam Dekker

So.

F

Wisconsin

Cleanthony Early

Sr.

F

Wichita State

Tyler Ennis

Fr.

G

Syracuse

C.J. Fair

Sr.

F

Syracuse

Aaron Gordon

Fr.

F

Arizona

Rodney Hood

So.

F

Duke

Nick Johnson

Jr.

G

Arizona

DeAndre Kane

Sr.

G

Iowa State

Doug McDermott

Sr.

F

Creighton

Shabazz Napier

Sr.

G

Connecticut

Jabari Parker

Fr.

F

Duke

Adreian Payne

Sr.

C

Michigan State

Casey Prather

Sr.

F

FLORIDA

Julius Randle

Fr.

F

Kentucky

Marcus Smart

So.

G

Oklahoma State

Russ Smith

Sr.

G

Louisville

T.J. Warren

So.

F

NC State

Andrew Wiggins

Fr.

G

Kansas

Chaz Williams

Sr.

G

Massachusetts

Joseph Young

Jr.

G

Oregon

 

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