Wisconsin Badgers sophomore forward AJ Storr has secured his spot among the top 30 candidates on the prestigious Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award midseason watch list.
The 6-foot-7 wing has proven to be the missing piece for Greg Gard and Wisconsin’s offense this season, leading the Badgers in scoring at 14.8 points per game on an efficient 0.988 points per possession.
It’s also worth noting that Storr has reached double figures in scoring for 14 of the 16 games Wisconsin basketball has played this season on one of the nation’s most efficient offenses. The best part is that the Rockford native is still just scratching the surface of his ceiling.
According to Barttorvik.com, Storr is third on the team in points above replacement per game at 3.4, behind only Tyler Wahl and Steven Crowl.
Storr and Purdue big man Zach Edey are the only Big Ten players on the midseason watchlist. The St. John’s transfer is also the first Wisconsin Badgers player to receive this midseason honor since Johnny Davis went on to win the award during the 2021-22 season.
The Lute Olson Award is given annually to the most outstanding player in college basketball and is voted on by a 10-member voting committee. The award winner will be announced in April at the men’s Division I Basketball Championship site in Phoenix, Arizona.