BOSTON, MA -- Wichita State teammates Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker are among 25 finalists for the 2014 Lute Olson Award, it was announced on Friday. The list of finalists comprise the 2013-14 Lute Olson All-America team, which is coordinated by CollegeInsider.com.
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.
"There is an awful lot of talent on this team," said CollegeInsider.com's Riley Wallace. "Every player on this list had a major impact on his team's success."
Creighton's Doug McDermott has the opportunity to become the first two-time winner of the award, which is now in its fifth year. Previous recipients include Shane Larkin (Miami 2013), Doug McDermott (2012), Kemba Walker (Connecticut 2011) and Sherron Collins (Kansas 2010).
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997. The winner of the 2014 Olson award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
2014 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Kyle Anderson, 6-9, So. (UCLA)
Ron Baker, 6-3, So. (Wichita State)
Billy Baron, 6-2, Sr. (Canisius)
Bryce Cotton, 6-1, Sr. (Providence)
Cleanthony Early, 6-8, Sr. (Wichita State)
Melvin Ejim, 6-6, Sr. (Iowa State)
Tyler Ennis, 6-2, Fr. (Syracuse)
C.J. Fair, 6-8, Sr. (Syracuse)
Aaron Gordon, 6-9, Fr. (Arizona)
Gary Harris, 6-4, So. (Michigan State)
Joe Harris, 6-6, Sr. (Virginia)
Nick Johnson, 6-3, Jr. (Arizona)
DeAndre Kane, 6-4, Sr. (Iowa State)
Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4, Sr. (Cincinnati)
Doug McDermott, 6-8, Sr. (Creighton)
Shabazz Napier, 6-1, Sr. (Connecticut)
Jabari Parker, 6-8, Fr. (Duke)
Adreian Payne, 6-10, Sr. (Michigan State)
Julius Randle, 6-9, Fr. (Kentucky)
Russ Smith, 6-0, Sr. (Louisville)
Nik Stauskas, 6-6, So. (Michigan)
Xavier Thames, 6-3, Sr. (San Diego State)
T.J. Warren, 6-8, So. (North Carolina State)
Scottie Wilbekin, 6-2, Sr. (Florida)
Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, Fr. (Kansas)