Stanford's Travis named to basketball's Wooden Award watch list

Redi Travis was named to John Wooden Award watch list on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Stanford junior men's basketball player Reid Travis has named to the Top 50 list for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to the nation's most outstanding player.

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.

The Top 50 nominees represent 10 conferences. Travis is among seven Pac-12 players on the list.

Travis is also on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, also presented to the national player of the year, and the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, honoring the top power forward in Division I men's college basketball.

The 41st annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award® will be presentated as part of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on ESPN2 on Friday, April 7, 2017. The men's John R. Wooden Award All-American Team will also be honored during the ceremony.

Travis is averaging a team-best 23.3 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds per game through three contests. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring as of Nov. 15.

Travis entered the season as the Pac-12 Conference's leading returning scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg).

A 2017 First Team All-Pac-12 selection and National Association of Basketball Coaches Second Team All-District pick, Travis was the only player in the Pac-12 and one of only five individuals in the top six conferences (Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, SEC and BIG EAST) to finish last season ranked in the top five of his conference in both scoring and rebounding.

Travis was one of two players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top six in the league in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in 2016-17.

Travis started all 27 games he played in last season and led Stanford in nine categories, including scoring (470, 17.4 ppg), rebounding (239, 8.9 rpg), offensive rebounding (93, 3.4 orpg), defensive rebounding (146, 5.4 drpg), field goals made (176), field goal attempted (304), field goal percentage (.579), free throws made (118) and free throws attempted (181). He finished the 2016-17 campaign with nine double-doubles.

Travis and Stanford (2-1) continue a season-opening five-game homestand Friday with a 3 p.m. contest against Northeastern at Maples Pavilion.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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