Campus Corner

While MU’s Jordan Clarkson makes Wooden Award top 25, Jabari Brown also deserving

Updated: 2014-01-22T22:00:02Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Missouri junior Jordan Clarkson was picked for the Wooden Award’s midseason top 25, which the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Clarkson, a transfer from Tulsa, is enjoying a terrific season. He is averaging 18.7 points per game with 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in his first season with the Tigers.

Clarkson had topped 20 points in a team-high nine games, including a career-high 31 against Southern Illinois in November.

Of course, he’s not the only Missouri player enjoying a great 2013-14 campaign.

In fact, during the last week, Clarkson was passed for the Tigers’ scoring lead by junior Jabari Brown.

Brown, a transfer from Oregon who played the second semester last season, scored a career-high 28 points in a loss Tuesday at LSU.

Brown has been on fire in the last seven games, averaging 21 points. He ranks second in the SEC in scoring at 19.3 points per game.

Both Clarkson and Brown have reached double figures in scoring in each of Missouri’s 18 games.

Two other SEC players, Florida’s Casey Prather and Kentucky’s Julius Randle, also made the top 25 cut.

• The Tigers, 14-4 and 2-3 in the SEC, return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday against South Carolina at Mizzou Arena.

The matchup with the Gamecocks is the American Cancer Society’s Suits and Sneakers weekend, which benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.

Missouri fans are encouraged to wear white and a special whiteout T-shirt will be on sale at the Tiger Team Store inside Mizzou Arena for $9.99. Proceeds benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization legendary Tigers coach Norm Stewart helped found.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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