RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – University of Nevada seniors Jordan Caroline and Caleb Martin have been named to the John R. Wooden Award late season top 20 watch list. The duo has helped the Wolf Pack to a 21-1 record and No. 6 national ranking. The Pack also leads the Mountain West with an 8-1 mark.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she meets or exceeds the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Nevada joins Tennessee, Duke and Virginia as the only schools with two representatives on the list of 20.
The 6-7 teammates have combined to win six MW Player of the Week honors, three by each. Both were named to the MW preseason team and Martin was selected as the preseason conference player of the year after earning the postseason honor last season.
Caroline is averaging near a double-double scoring 18.4 points and grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game. His 13 double-doubles is 11th in Division 1 and 40 career double-doubles since coming to Nevada is tied for the most in MW history with Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State, 2009-11) and Andrew Bogut (Utah, 2003-05). Caroline ranks eighth at Nevada with his 1,584 points and is seventh with 857 rebounds. Caroline is 13 points from 1900 in his college career which includes 303 from his season at Southern Illinois. He has 1,063 career rebounds, 206 came at SIU. In 12 games he has topped Nevada in scoring and eight times it was a game high. In 18 games he has led the Pack in rebounding and 14 times recorded a game high. In all 22 games he has scored in double figures.
Martin is averaging a team-high 19 points per game and has 11 games 20 or more points. At Utah he scored a career-high 33 points and had 30 in the Pack’s home win over Boise State making him the only MW player with two 30-point games this season. His 1,098 points at Nevada is tied for 23rd with Marquez Coleman (2012-16) and including his time at North Carolina State has scored 1,640 points in his college career. Nine times he has led the Pack in scoring and seven times posted a game high. In 20 games he has scored in double figures this season.