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Arizona All-American Aari McDonald named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25


Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.

Arizona senior All-American guard Aari McDonald is part of the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 for the second year in a row.

The list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor as chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts. The voting is based on a player’s performances during the 2020-21 season.

McDonald, who is one of four Pac-12 student-athletes on the watch list, averages 18.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She leads the conference in assists per game and is third in scoring and steals per game.

Wooden Award

2020-21 Midseason Top 25

NameSchoolConferenceHeightClassPosition
Aliyah BostonSouth CarolinaSEC6-5SophF
Paige BueckersConnecticutBig East5-11Fr.G
Caitlin ClarkIowaBig Ten6-0Fr.G
Charli CollierTexasBig 126-5Jr.F/C
Zia CookeSouth CarolinaSEC5-9SophG
Elissa CunaneNC StateACC6-5Jr.C
Rennia DavisTennesseeSEC6-2Sr.G/F
Chelsea DungeeArkansasSEC5-11Sr.G
Dana EvansLouisvilleACC5-6Sr.G
Arella GuirantesRutgersBig Ten5-11Sr.G
Naz HillmonMichiganBig Ten6-2Jr.F
Rhyne HowardKentuckySEC6-2Jr.G
Rickea JacksonMississippi StateSEC6-2SophF
Ashley JoensIowa StateBig 126-0Jr.G/F
Haley JonesStanfordPac-126-1SophG
N’dea JonesTexas A&MSEC6-2Sr.F
Aari McDonaldArizonaPac-125-6Sr.G
Olivia Nelson-OdodaConnecticutBig East6-5Jr.F
Michaela OnyenwereUCLAPac-126-0Sr.F
Lindsey PulliamNorthwesternBig Ten5-10Sr.G
Destiny SlocumArkansasSEC5-7Sr.G
NaLyssa SmithBaylorBig 126-2Jr.F
Unique ThompsonAuburnSEC6-3Sr.F
Christyn WilliamsConnecticutBig East5-11Jr.G
Kiana WilliamsStanfordPac-125-8Sr.G

The NCAA active leader in career points (1,924) has scored in double-figures in 75 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation. The number encompasses her entire career at Arizona from 2018-19.

McDonald is three points away from moving into fourth place in Arizona career scoring.

No. 7 Arizona (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) will take on Washington State (6-1, 4-1) Sunday at noon at Pullman, Wash.

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders

Top five scorers in Arizona history:
 PlayerYearsGamesPoints
1.Adia Barnes1994-981212,237
2.Davellyn Whyte2009-131262,059
3.Dee-Dee Wheeler2001-051241,966
4.Aari McDonald2018-21791,730
5.Ify Ibekwe2007-111161,653


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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