Williams named to Wooden Award watchlist

Grant Williams racked up his third preseason national player of the year consideration Tuesday, making the Top 50 for the John R. Wooden Award watchlist

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

The reigning SEC Player of the Year is also a potential candidate for the Citizen Naismith Trophy Men's Player of the Year and NABC Division I Player of the Year, being tabbed to the watch lists for those awards on Monday.

Throughout the preseason, Williams has also been named to preseason All-SEC teams by every major sports publication, while also earning the SEC's Preseason Player of the Year honors from the league's media back in October. He was named to the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, which recognizes the top power forward in college basketball, and was selected via fan vote as the NCAA March Madness Preseason Player of the Year.

Williams scored 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in Tennessee's 86-41 win over Lenoir-Rhyne to begin the season Tuesday.

The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2019 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The No. 6 Vols will play Louisiana Friday at 7 p.m. You can watch the game on SEC Network + - streaming only.