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Austin Freeman, Jordan Williams Make Wooden Award Watch List

I'll just come out and say it: the D.C. area officially makes up 1/25 of the John Wooden Award Preseason Watch List (and even more if you include Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney). That may not sound like much, but it's cool, dammit, and we're going to highlight it.

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Indeed, the 50-person list released today includes two DMVers: Georgetown senior Austin Freeman and Maryland sophomore Jordan Williams. The full list can be found here.

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Freeman isn't much of a surprise, considering his performance last year, but Williams isn't necessary someone you'd expect. However, as any Maryland fan will tell you, the sky is the limit for Williams, now that Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne aren't around. SB Nation's Maryland blog Testudo Times has high expectations for the kid.

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Williams still needs to work on some fundamentals and slim down a tad, but given his strong hands, strength, surprising athleticism, and deft touch, he should be one of the best post players in the ACC...again. Work out his FT stroke, and he'll be a seriously dangerous force this year.

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More dunks on Duke players would be nice as well.