College Sports

Jones, Okafor named to Wooden list

Duke freshmen Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor are two of 20 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday.

The announcement marks the first time the Los Angeles Athletic Club has released a Late Season Top 20 list.

The announcement of the Wooden Award All-American Team will occur during the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.


North Carolina: Guard Allisha Gray has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30.

Gray leads No. 17 North Carolina (19-5, 6-4 ACC) in scoring at 16.1 points per game and is second with 8 rebounds per contest.

Duke: Center Elizabeth Williams is one of the Naismith Trophy 30.

Williams is averaging 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals. She is second in the ACC and 18th in the nation in blocks per game. Williams owns 397 swats for her career to rank 11th on the NCAA’s all-time list, and is 37 blocks shy of the ACC career record held by former Blue Devil Alison Bales (434).


North Carolina: Elijah Hood, Caleb Peterson, Nathan Staub and Mitch Trubisky were named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

Duke: The Blue Devils landed a league-high 13 selections on the 65-member Academic All-ACC team announced by the conference office. Duke has now led the conference in Academic All-ACC selections for six consecutive seasons.

David Helton, who also earned the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award as the league’s top student-athlete, was joined by All-America offensive guard Laken Tomlinson as four-time selections.

DeVon Edwards, Bryon Fields, Ross Martin, Will Monday, Shaquille Powell, David Reeves and Josh Snead were repeat selections.

Representing the Blue Devils for the first time were Jamal Bruce, Jeremy Cash, Thomas Sirk and Shaun Wilson.