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Bouldin, Thompson named to Wooden mid-season list

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WSU's Klay Thompson ranks third in the country in scoring (Photo: WSU Athletics) WSU's Klay Thompson ranks third in the country in scoring (Photo: WSU Athletics)
Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin is the ninth Wooden Award candidate in Gonzaga's history (Photo: SWX) Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin is the ninth Wooden Award candidate in Gonzaga's history (Photo: SWX)

Two players in the Inland Northwest are in elite company nationwide, as both were named mid-season candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin and WSU's Klay Thompson were named to the mid-season list on Monday.

Thompson ranks third in the country in scoring, recording more than 24 points per game for the Cougars. The 6-foot-6 guard has led the team in scoring in 13 of the team's 14 games. He reached 20-plus points in 11 of the 14 games and put up 43 against San Diego on the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Thompson has made a name for himself nationally, having earned the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor twice this season. He also ranks 17th in the WSU career record books for 3-pointers made with 104.

Bouldin, a senior guard at Gonzaga, averages 15.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a team-leading 4.1 assists per game. He also averages a little more than 2 steals per game. His 1,365 career points makes him No. 15 on Gonzaga's list of career scorers. He's fifth on the assist list and fifth on the steals list with 150.

The guard from Highlands Ranch, Colo. Is the ninth Bulldog to be nominated for the Wooden Award - the most coveted individual prize in college basketball. Gonzaga boasts two Top 5 recipients: Adam Morrison in 2006 and Dan Dickau in 2002.

John R. Wooden Award - Top 30
Cole Aldrich 6-11 Jr. C Kansas
Al-Farouq Aminu 6-9 So. F Wake Forest
James Anderson 6-6 Jr. G Oklahoma State
Trevor Booker 6-7 Sr. F Clemson
Matt Bouldin 6-5 Sr. G Gonzaga
Da'Sean Butler 6-7 Sr. F West Virginia
Sherron Collins 5-11 Jr. G Kansas
Ed Davis 6-10 So. F North Carolina
Jerome Dyson 6-3 Sr. G Connecticut
Jimmer Fredette 6-2 Jr. G Brigham Young
Luke Harangody $% 6-8 Jr. F Notre Dame
Manny Harris 6-5 Jr. G Michigan
Gordon Hayward 6-8 So. G/F Butler
Xavier Henry 6-6 Fr. G Kansas
Darington Hobson 6-7 Jr. G/F New Mexico
Robbie Hummel 6-8 Jr. F Purdue
Damion James 6-7 Sr. G/F Texas
Wesley Johnson 6-7 Jr. F Syracuse
Jeremy Lin 6-3 Sr. G Harvard
Kalin Lucas 6-0 Jr. G Michigan State
Greg Monroe 6-11 So. C Georgetown
Patrick Patterson 6-9 Jr. F Kentucky
Quincy Pondexter 6-6 Sr. F Washington
Scottie Reynolds 6-2 Jr. G Villanova
Omar Samhan 6-11 Sr. C Saint Mary's
Jon Scheyer 6-5 Sr. G Duke
Kyle Singler 6-8 Jr. F Duke
Klay Thompson 6-6 So. G Washington State
Jarvis Varnado 6-9 Sr. F/C Mississippi State
John Wall 6-4 Fr. G Kentucky
Evan Turner # 6-7 Jr. G/F Ohio State
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