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Basketball: Randle on early Wooden Award list

Cal senior point guard Jerome Randle, the top returning scorer in the Pac-10 Conference, has been named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top college basketball player.

Backcourt mate Patrick Christopher is not on the initial list — which can be adjusted later. The only other Pac-10 players included are Washington’s Isaiah Thomas and Arizona’s Nic Wise, meaning the Wooden folks don’t believe the conference has anyone work a lick who’s taller than 5-foot-10.

Here’s the Cal news release on the story, along with the full list from the Wooden Award site.

Jeff Faraudo