Aaron Holiday on midseason watch list for Wooden Award

UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday #3 gets around Central Arkansas Bears guard Thatch Unruh #25 in the first half. UCLA played Central Arkansas in a mens basketball game at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, CA 11/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Guard Aaron Holiday was named to the midseason top-25 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award on Thursday.

The junior leads UCLA (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) in scoring with 19.4 points, which ranks fifth in the Pac-12, and is the conference’s second-leading assist man with 5.3 per game. He is one of six players in the country with at least 19 points and 5 assists per game.

He became the 55th player in UCLA history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career this season during a 33-point performance against Washington State on Dec. 29.

Holiday is one of four Pac-12 players to make the cut for the top-25 list, joining Arizona’s Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton and Arizona State’s Tra Holder.