Michigan State sophomore Miles Bridges and Georgia senior Yante Maten, a Bloomfield Hills product, made the midseason top 25 for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s top player.
Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty also made the midseason top 25 for the women’s Wooden Award.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges leads the No. 4 Spartans (16-2) averages a team-leading 16.5 points per game, with 7.5 rebounds, which ranks second. He’s also an 89 percent free-throw shooter. He is the only player in the country averaging at least 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, three assists and one block per game.
Maten, a 6-foot-8 Pontiac native who played his senior season at Bloomfield Hills, is second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 19.3 points, and is the conference’s leading rebounder (8.9). He’s scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this season for Georgia (11-4).
Flaherty is avergaing 22.9 points per game for Michigan (14-4), which ranks seventh in the nation. She became the program’s all-time leading scorer in the third game of the season, and in a game last month, set a program record with 10 3-pointers made against Penn State.
Winners will be announced April 6.