Washington sophomore forward Jon Brockman is among 50 players named today to the preseason list of Wooden Award candidates.
"It's an honor," Brockman said. "It feels great. Any time your name is put with a bunch of other names as someone to look at or that type of thing, it feels good. But I definitely think it's something you can't focus on. You have to go out and play like you always play."
Candidates were selected by a national poll. The list will be trimmed to 30 at midseason and then finally yield a 10-man all-America team and the winner of the Wooden Award, signifying the nation's best player.
Other Pac-10 players on the list are Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of UCLA, Malik Hairston of Oregon, Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur of Arizona, and Ayinde Ubaka of California.
Rodney Stuckey of Eastern Washington – and Kentwood High School – also is on the list.
As a freshman last season Brockman led UW and was seventh in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. He also scored 8.4 points per game and was second in the conference with a 51.8 shooting percentage.
"I didn't lead the team in scoring, I didn't have 30-point games or anything like that," Brockman said. "But (the voters) saw something, I guess. … I'm a little surprised I'm on there."
Brockman is Washington's third Wooden candidate in as many seasons, following Brandon Roy last season and Nate Robinson in 2004-05.
More information -- including the entire list -- is available at the Wooden Award web site.