Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims were selected as 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden All-America Team and Player of the Year awards, announced Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder. Michigan was one of nine schools to have two players selected to the list. There are 50 players on the list and it will be trimmed to 30 players in December.
Last year Harris scored 590 points to become the sixth U-M sophomore, 27th Big Ten sophomore and 43rd Wolverine to eclipse 1,000 career points. Harris, who posted six double-doubles, was one of two Big Ten players to rank among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten and U-M Athletic Academic Achievement honors and was a Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 candidate.
Sims enjoyed an outstanding 2008-09 season averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Sims was a All-Big Ten second team selection by the media and third team by the coaches. He became 44th Wolverine player to reach 1,000 career points (1,048).
I’m really excited to see what another year under the tutelage of John Beilein will do for these two stars.