Brandon Miller is now a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award after previously being left off the ballot.

The Alabama freshman is currently involved in a case dealing with his connection to bringing the weapon that was used to murder a Tuscaloosa woman in January, which was accused to have been carried out by former Crimson Tide player Darius Miles and a third party.

The Wooden Award is one of the most prominent accolades for National Player of the Year. Miller is now one of 16 candidates, with voting occurring March 13-20. The finalists will be revealed March 29 and the winner will be selected on April 7.

One of the qualifications for the award includes the phrasing, “candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court.” This could factor into why Miller was previously held off the ballot due to his legal situation.

Miller is the SEC’s Player of the Year this season. The 6-foot-9 Miller is averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Miller scored a season-high 41 points along with 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in Alabama’s 78-76 overtime victory at South Carolina on Feb. 22.