Randall among final 25 on midseason Wooden Award list


Stanford senior Chasson Randle has been named to the Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's Midseason Top 25, as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday and selected by a poll of national college basketball experts.

Randle, one of 50 student-athletes originally named to the Wooden Award Top-50 back in November, is also on watch lists for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award and Naismith Trophy Top 50.

The 25 Wooden honorees will be further pared to 20 players in early February. Pac-12 players joining Randle among the final 25 candidates are Stanley Johnson or Arizona and Delon Wright of Utah.

A 2014 All-Pac-12 First Team honoree who sparked Stanford's 2014 NCAA Tournament upset of Kansas, Randle stands 397 points away from passing Todd Lichti (2,336) as the school's all-time scoring leader. Randle is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game while shooting 41.1 percent overall and 88.4 percent from the foul line.

A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and 2014 NABC Honors Court pick, Randle is set to complete both his undergraduate degree and master's degree in four years. Randle, who carries a 3.30 cumulative GPA, is currently working on a master's in psychology, joining Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic as fellow seniors also completing coursework toward their master's degrees.

Fifteen 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 will be placed on the ballot and submitted to voters prior to the NCAA Tournament and voting will take into account play during the opening rounds of the tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Men's gymnastics

Akash Modi of nationally No. 4-ranked Stanford was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week, as announced by the organization.

Modi claimed individual victories in the all-around and floor to lead Stanford to a season-opening victory at No. 8 California. He went 87.800 in the all-around and 15.150 on floor to place first, and scored 14.400 on pommel horse to tie for second. In an exhibition routine, Modi scored a meet-best 15.300 on parallel bars.

Modi was a four-time MPSF Gymnast of the Week as a freshman in 2014.

Stanford and Modi will look to keep their momentum going this Saturday when the Cardinal plays host to California and Washington as part of the Stanford Open.

— Stanford Athletics


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