Wooden it be nice - Mills and Ogilvy in line for award

Wooden it be nice - Mills and Ogilvy in line for award

Two of Australia’s best young basketball talents have been included in a list of 50 players as preseason candidates for the 2008-09 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy.

Saint Mary’s sophomore guard Patrick Mills (Monash, ACT) and Vanderbilt sophomore centre AJ Ogilvy (Castle Hill, NSW), former team mates at the AIS, are the highly touted hoopsters making a big impression on the American college scene.

The list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Andrew Bogut, Mills’ team mate in Beijing, won the Wooden Award in 2005 before being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the top pick in the NBA Draft. He was the first non-American to win the award and after three seasons with Milwaukee Bogut signed a 5-year, $US72 million contract to stay with the club.

Mills’ selection to the preseason Wooden Player of the Year Award list marks the first time that a Saint Mary’s men’s basketball player has made the list. In his debut season at Saint Mary’s Mills averaged a team-leading 14.8 points per game while leading the team in assists (111) and steals (57). He set a SMC freshman record, scoring 472 points, and he set a freshman record with a 37-point performance against No. 11 Oregon.

Ogilvy averaged 17 points and 6.7 rebounds for his Tennessean school in his freshman year and scored a game-high 25 points on 9-10 field goal shooting and 7-7 free throw shooting in an 84-65 pre-season victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Monday. Ogilvy was one of the last players cut from the Boomers team that contested the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, last year’s Wooden Award winner, returns to Chapel Hill for his final collegiate season and has a chance to become only the second repeat men’s Wooden Award winner.

Ralph Sampson of Virginia won the Award twice, in 1982 and 1983.

2008-2009 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List Player – Height/Position/Year/School

A.J. Abrams -- 5-11/G/Sr./Texas

Wink Adams -- 6-0/G/Sr./UNLV

DeJuan Blair -- 6-7/F/So./Pittsburgh

Jon Brockman -- 6-7/F/Sr./Washington

Derrick Brown -- 6-8/F/Jr./Xavier

Chase Budinger -- 6-7/F/Jr./Arizona

Nick Calathes -- 6-6/G/F/So./Florida

Dionte Christmas -- 6-5/G/Sr./Temple

Earl Clark -- 6-9/G/F/Jr./Louisville

Sherron Collins -- 5-11/G/Jr./Kansas

Darren Collison -- 6-0/G/Sr./UCLA

Lee Cummard -- 6-7/G/Sr./BYU

Stephen Curry -- 6-3/G/Jr./Davidson

Devan Downey -- 5-9/G/Jr./South Carolina

Robert Dozier -- 6-9/F/Sr./Memphis

Wayne Ellington -- 6-4/G/Jr./North Carolina

Jonny Flynn -- 6-0/G/So./Syracuse

Taj Gibson -- 6-9/F/Jr./USC

Blake Griffin -- 6-10/F/So./Oklahoma

Tyler Hansbrough -- 6-9/F/Sr./North Carolina

Luke Harangody -- 6-8/F/Jr./Notre Dame

James Harden -- 6-4/G/So./Arizona State

Gerald Henderson -- 6-4/G/F/Jr./Duke

Lester Hudson -- 6-2/G/Sr./Tennessee Martin

Robbie Hummel -- 6-8/F/So./Purdue

Stefon Jackson -- 6-5/G/Sr./UTEP

Dominic James -- 5-11/G/Sr./Marquette

Damion James -- 6-7/G/F/Jr./Texas

Curtis Jerrells -- 6-1/G/Sr./Baylor

James Johnson -- 6-8/F/So./Wake Forest

Marcus Landry -- 6-7/F/Sr./Wisconsin

Ty Lawson -- 5-11/G/Jr./North Carolina

Eric Maynor -- 6-2/G/Sr./VCU

Jack McClinton -- 6-1/G/Sr./University of Miami

Jerel McNeal -- 6-3/G/Sr./Marquette

Patrick Mills -- 6-0/G/So./Saint Mary's

Raymar Morgan -- 6-7/F/Jr./Michigan State

A.J. Ogilvy -- 6-11/C/So./Vanderbilt

Jeremy Pargo -- 6-2/G/Sr./Gonzaga

Patrick Patterson -- 6-8/F/So./Kentucky

A.J. Price -- 6-2/G/Sr./Connecticut

Scottie Reynolds -- 6-2/G/Jr./Villanova

Tyrese Rice -- 6-1/G/Sr./Boston College

Kyle Singler -- 6-8/F/So./Duke

Tyler Smith -- 6-7/F/Jr./Tennessee

DaJuan Summers -- 6-8/F/Jr./Georgetown

Hasheem Thabeet -- 7-3/C/Jr./Connecticut

Robert Vaden -- 6-5/G/F/Sr./UAB

Terrence Williams -- 6-6/F/Sr./Louisville

Sam Young -- 6-6/F/Jr./Pittsburgh