Los Angeles (March 26, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award has announced today its men’s All American team for 2011-12 on ESPN.com. All 10 players have proven that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden.In addition to the academic aspect, the Wooden Award is unique among college postseason awards because voters could consider performance during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Women’s All American team will be announced Wednesday.
Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger is the only player returning from last year’s Wooden Award All American Team. This season, Sullinger averages 17.6points and 9.1 rebounds, while having recorded 16 double-doubles in 2012. No. 1 Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is the only freshman chosen.Three Wooden Award All Americans will play in next weekend’s Final Four: Sullinger, Davis, and Thomas Robinson of Kansas.
The Big East, Big 10 and the Big 12 were the only conferences with two selections. The SEC, ACC, Ohio Valley, and Missouri Valley conferences each had one player chosen.
The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 and will honor the men’s and women’s winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced Saturday, March 31st on ESPN atthe Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2011-2012 John R. Wooden Award All American Team
|Isaiah||Canaan||6-0||Jr.||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley|
|Draymond||Green||6-7||Sr.||F||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Kevin||Jones||6-8||Sr.||F||West Virginia||Big East|
|Jared||Sullinger *||6-9||So.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|