Wooden Award preseason list: Arizona forward Solomon Hill makes top 50

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Hill, who is a four-year starter at Arizona, was named to the Wooden Award watch list.

The preseason watch list for the Wooden Award was released on Thursday. The nation's top 50 players were listed, including Arizona forward Solomon Hill. A full list of the nominees can be found here.

Hill, along with Kevin Parrom, is the only holdover from coach Sean Miller's first recruiting class at UA. The 6'7 forward beefed up last year to play the four for the undersized 'Cats. He had his best year yet as a junior, averaging 13 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He shot just above 50 percent from the field and nearly hit 40 percent of his three pointers.

With UA's influx of talented freshmen, Hill has trimmed down over the summer and is looking like a prime breakout candidate as he moves back to his customary spot on the wing.

Allen Crabbe of California and Brock Motum of Washington State were the only other Pac-12 players named to the top 50 list. Arizona's Mark Lyons, who transferred from Xavier this past offseason, and UCLA freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson will receive future consideration for the Wooden Award.

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