Even coming off his worst game of the season, the negatives didn’t last long for Yante Maten.
The Georgia senior was recognized on Wednesday with an appearance on the Wooden Award midseason top-25 list. The Wooden Award is college basketball’s most prestigious annual award, given to Division I’s best player in the nation who also meets certain GPA requirements.
Maten also appeared on the Wooden Award’s top-50 list from the preseason. There will be a late season list as well as the final National Ballot for the award, which will consist of 15 players. The winner will be announced on April 6, 2018 following the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
Maten leads the Bulldogs as well as the entire SEC in both scoring and rebounding. Despite a season-worst performance of 9 points and 2 rebounds on Wednesday night at Missouri, he’s still averaging 19.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks.
Maten and Alabama freshman phenom Collin Sexton are the only two SEC representatives from the SEC in the top 25, after the conference placed seven players on the preseason top-50 list.
Georgia currently sits at 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the SEC, good for sixth place. Maten and the Bulldogs return home on Saturday to face the South Carolina Gamecocks at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
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