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College Basketball: Iowa’s Kris Murray named to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20

IOWA CITY - University of Iowa men’s basketball junior Kris Murray has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20.
Iowa Hawkeyes forward Kris Murray (24) during a photo shoot at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA on Monday, September 13, 2021. (Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa men’s basketball junior Kris Murray has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20. The announcement was made Monday evening by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2022-23 season thus far, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are front-runners for one of the sport’s most prestigious honor.

The Hawkeyes have had a student-athlete named to the Late Season Top 20 four straight years and five of the last eight seasons. Former Hawkeye, and twin brother, Keegan Murray was a finalist in 2022. Luka Garza was the recipient of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award and was a finalist in 2020. Jarrod Uthoff was a semifinalist in 2016.

The Hawkeye forward is also on the Oscar Robertson Midseason and Karl Malone Award watch lists.

Murray (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) is averaging a team-best 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per outing. He has increased his scoring average by 12.1 points per game this season compared to last year.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native has scored 30+ points four times this season (30 vs. Indiana; 32 at Penn State; 31 vs. Georgia Tech; 30 vs. Omaha). Murray is one of 11 players nationally with four or more 30-point performances this season. He is one of four Hawkeyes to score 30+ at least four times in the Fran McCaffery era, joining Luka Garza (13), Keegan Murray (5), and Peter Jok (5).

He has scored 20+ points in 53 percent of games played this season (9-of-17).

Murray and the Hawkeyes (14-8, 6-5) beat Northwestern (15-6, 6-4), 86-70, in Iowa City Tuesday night.

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