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Semaj Christon Earns A Spot On The Preseason Wooden Award List

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Xavier University sophomore guard Semaj Christon continues to add to his impressive list of preseason honors, earning a spot on the Preseason Top 50 list for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendys. The complete list, which is available at www.WoodenAward.com, was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of the 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sports most prestigious honor.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 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.  The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nations top 10 players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Christon, a team tri-captain and preseason First Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection, had previously been named as a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as the nations top collegiate point guard. In addition, he was named as a 2013-14 Third Team preseason All-American in the Athlon Sports preseason college basketball magazine and on NBCSports.com.  College SportsMadness.com named Christon as a Fourth Team preseason All-American. In addition, CBSSports.com has him ranked as the 19th-best player in college basketball.  

Christon led XU in scoring (15.2 ppg.), assists at (4.6 apg.) and steals (1.5 spg.) as a freshman. He scored in double figures in 27 games, including 19 straight games to end the season. Christon piled up the honors following his freshman season, including selection to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team (CollegeInsider.com), NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) District 4 Second Team, Xaviers first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year selection and a spot on the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team, the first XU freshman ever named to the A-10 first, second or third team.

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Womens Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nations best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (79), Michael Jordan (84), Tim Duncan (97), Candace Parker (07 and 08), Kevin Durant (09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (09 and 11). Michigans Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendys.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Awards name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Information from Xavier University Athletics and Wooden Staff

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