Motum was one of four players from the Pac-12 on the list. He joined California's Allen Crabbe, Arizona's Solomon Hill and Colorado's Andre Roberson. After playing a reserve role during his first two seasons at WSU, Motum took over as a starter last season and immediately upped his production. He increased his scoring to 18 points per game from 7.6 as a sophomore. He also doubled his rebounding, going from 3.0 rebounds per game to 6.4.
With the departure of starting point guard Reggie Moore, Motum could be in line for an even bigger role this season. In addition to Moore, two other starters from last season also departed, leaving Motum as the only returning player who averaged double-digit points per game.
The preseason Wooden Award top 50 is selected by a poll of national college basketball media members.