Wooden Award Watch 2014: Ranking All 15 Finalists Entering March Madness

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Wooden Award Watch 2014: Ranking All 15 Finalists Entering March Madness
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

The November meeting between Duke and Kansasmore frequently marketed as Jabari Parker vs. Andrew Wiggins, as if every other player on the court were a wax statue from Madame Tussaud'swas a fitting tipoff to this Year of the Freshman.

Expectations were high that the rookie duo would compete with Arizona forward Aaron Gordon and any number of Kentucky's high-octane recruiting class for all of the national player of the year honors, leaving aged, decrepit underclassmen gasping in their wake.

Fast-forward four months, and the John R. Wooden Award field is down to 15 finalists. While Wiggins and Parker are there, along with Kentucky forward Julius Randle, they're competing with a veteran group of seven seniors. You know, those old farts who stick around college because they're not good enough to be one-and-dones?

These finalists have all put together tremendous seasons, otherwise they wouldn't be here. The most surprising development, however, may be that experience, not youth, will be served.

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