By Cole Kellogg
The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s recently announced its preseason Top 50 Watch List. Four former Montverde Academy student-athletes were featured on this preseason list including Cade Cunningham (’20), Scottie Barnes (’20), Marcus Carr (’17), and MaCio Teague (’16).
“We were really excited to see the Wooden Award announce four of our former guys in their preseason Top 50 Watch List this week,” said Kevin Boyle, MVA Boys Varsity Head Coach and CBD Director. “Cade Cunningham and Scottie Barnes represent two of the seven outstanding freshmen recognized on this list. It’s very unusual to have two college freshmen from the same high school team included on a list like this and both are projected high in the mock drafts for next year, so we’re really happy to see the success these talented young men continue to achieve.”
Also representing MVA are Marcus Carr, past boys varsity player, and MaCio Teague, a Center for Basketball Development graduate. “We’re equally thrilled for Marcus, who has been phenomenal at Minnesota in the past few years. Right now, he’s one of the top three scorers so far this season in college basketball. Then we have MaCio from our CBD program, who was a tough, very versatile player who has had a great run at Baylor, a team that is as good as anybody in the country right now.”
All four players are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. The National Ballot consists of 15 players who have shined over the course of the season and proven their qualifications for the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented following the NCAA Tournament. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, click HERE or follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.