Not that a watch list is all that goes into preseason hype for players and programs, but it gives people an idea of where expectations are before any games are played. When the media dished out its preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden award, given to the Nation’s best player after the season, seniors Antonio “Scoop” Jardine and Kris Joseph both made it into the preseason top 50.
Jardine is coming off of a campaign in which he finally emerged out of Andy Rautins’ shadow. He averaged 12.8 points per game to go along with 5.8 assists per game, notching career-high marks in both categories while also leading the team in steals (1.6 per game).
Joseph also managed a career-high in points per game at 14.4, a mark that lead the 27-win team from the 2010-11 season. The swingman was also second on the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game, trailing only double-double machine Rick Jackson in the category.
No Syracuse player has even won the award. Ohio State’s Evan Turner claimed it last season.
Freshman, transfer students and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list, but such players can win the award after the season.