Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn't make Wooden Award cut; MSU's Draymond Green among top 25
Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. did not make the cut when The Wooden Award dwindled its candidates from 50 to 25 on Tuesday.
Hardaway will get a closeup look at one of the finalists tonight. Michigan State senior Draymond Green remains on the list. The Wolverines and Spartans meet tonight at the Crisler Center (7 p.m., ESPN).
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Hardaway was on the initial list released in October by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, which presents The Wooden Award annually to the nation's top individual player.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard is averaging a team-high 15.7 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Wolverines (14-4). Green is the only player in the Big Ten averaging a double-double with his 15.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The other Big Ten players among the final 25 include Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger (17.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg), Ohio State senior guard William Buford (15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Indiana freshman center Cody Zeller (14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg).
The Wooden Award will be presented for the 36th time during the weekend of April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Hardaway was also one of 50 players named to the preseason Naismith Award watch list. The Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will narrow that list to 30 in February and present its award during the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans.