LEXINGTON - University of Kentucky senior forward Chuck Hayes has been named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award for the nation's best men's college basketball player.
Hayes, one of two returning UK starters, averaged 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior, while earning Associated Press Third Team All-Southeastern Conference and SEC All-Tournament team honors in 2004.
He has started 76-straight games, the longest active streak on the team and 34 games shy of the school record set by Alex Groza.
Other SEC players named were Florida's David Lee and Anthony Roberson, Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts and Alabama's Kennedy Winston. Lousville's Francisco Garcia is also on the list for the second straight year.