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STANFORD’S CHINEY OGWUMIKE WINS 2013-14 JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD®

 

 

Two-time All American Caps Career With Nation’s Top Women’s Basketball Honor

Los Angeles (April 11, 2014)— The John R. Wooden Award®, the preeminent collegiate basketball player of the year award, was presented this evening at the Los Angeles Athletic Club by Coach John Wooden’s grandson, Craig Impelman, to Stanford University senior Chiney Ogwumike.  Impelman made the announcement and presented Ogwumike with the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s ideal of the “total basketball player.”

Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She led her team to the Final Four three times in her four seasons with the Cardinal, including this year. Her 26.1 points (No. 4 nationally), 12.1 rebounds per game, 60.1% field-goal percentage, and 27 double-doubles make her the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in each of those categories. She is No. 5 on the NCAA all-time rebounding list with 1,567 career boards and is the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer with 2,737 points.

Voting took place from March 12 through 25, allowing voters to take into account play through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Voters are national women’s college basketball experts who ranked 15 balloted players, and Ogwumike recorded the highest point total. All players have proven to their universities 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.

Ogwumike received 774 points, followed by Odyssey Sims of Baylor with 761, Breanna Stewart of Connecticut with 732, Kayla McBride of Notre Dame with 562, and Alyssa Thomas rounded out the top five with 509 points. All five players are Wooden Award All Americans for 2014.

Ogwumike is the first Wooden Award winner from Stanford, and the first from the Pac-12 Conference as well. She was a Wooden Award All American in 2013, and her older sister, Nneka, was a Wooden Award All American at Stanford in 2012. Ogwumike was joined in Los Angeles for the Gala event by Nneka, other family members, and her Stanford coach, Tara VanDerveer.

The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year was announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend tonight at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event honors the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and includes the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to VanDerveer. In addition, the Gala featured a special presentation of the Los Angeles Athletic Club Outreach Award to Adreian Payne of Michigan State.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Baylor’s Brittney Griner won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship funds in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5206 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

John R. Wooden Award All-Time Women’s Winners

Year
Player School
2014
Chiney Ogwumike Stanford University
2013
Brittney Griner Baylor University
2012
Brittney Griner Baylor University
2011
Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2010
Tina Charles University of Connecticut
2009
Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2008
Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2007
Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2006
Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2005
Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2004
Alana Beard Duke University

 


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MICHIGAN STATE’S ADREIAN PAYNE WINS LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB OUTREACH AWARD

Los Angeles (April 11, 2014)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club will present its first-ever Outreach Award to Michigan State senior basketball player Adreian Payne as part of the 38th Annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s. The event also honors the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and includes the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.

 Payne is attending the Wooden Award Gala to receive the Award as planned, despite the passing of Holsworth late Tuesday night. The private friendship he developed with the eight-year-old girl from St. Johns, Michigan, stricken with neuroblastoma two years ago, became a nationwide story as news of it spread beyond East Lansing this season. After meeting at a team hospital visit in January of 2012, just months after Payne lost the grandmother who raised him, Payne gave Holsworth the gift of his time and his commitment. In return, he learned so much from her. They became like brother and sister. Payne called his relationship with Holsworth “a gift from God.” He brought her to games for the last two years, texted and tweeted with her daily, took her out onto the court at Michigan State’s Senior Day and the Big 10 Tournament this year, joined her at the team’s banquet, and even had her accompany him to last week’s Slam Dunk contest at the Final Four in Dallas.

Mark Llewellyn, the son of Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, who founded the Wooden Award along with Coach John Wooden, will present Payne with the Outreach Award. The elder Llewellyn, who passed away at 93 in 2010, was well known over his 70-year sports career in Los Angeles for breaking barriers through sports and friendship, including making the unpopular decision at the time, in his role with the Parks and Recs Department in Los Angeles, to work with former Japanese internees after World War II so that they had a place to play basketball. His relationship with the Japanese-American community continued throughout his rich life, which included working with boxing, tennis, and the 1984 Olympic Games.

A memorial service will take place for Holsworth on April 17, appropriately at Michigan State’s Breslin Center, a place where the beautiful and wise girl spent so much treasured time with her “Superman.” To help the Holsworth Family with the medical expenses for this brave, inspiring young girl, go to www.Giveforward.com and enter #KISSITCANCER in the “Find a fundraiser” window.


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Creighton’s McDermott Wins John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy’s

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Fort Worth, Texas (April 4, 2014)— The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s, the preeminent men’s collegiate basketball player of the year honor, was awarded today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club in Fort Worth, Texas, to Creighton University senior forward Doug McDermott on ESPN’s SportsCenter. McDermott is a three-time Wooden All American and the No. 5 scorer in NCAA history. McDermott was awarded the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.” Coach Wooden’s grandson, Greg, was in attendance at the announcement to meet McDermott.

A voting base of nearly 1,000 college basketball experts throughout the nation ranked players from 10 to 1, and fans voted through the Fan Voting site woodenawardvote.com. Voters could consider performance during the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Top 5 vote-getters (Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, McDermott, Duke’s Jabari Parker, and Louisville’s Russ Smith) have been invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 11.

McDermott received 3,930 points, outdistancing Duke’s Parker, who had 2,569 points. Rounding out the top 10 in order were Smith of Louisville (2,228), Early of Wichita State (1,907), Arizona’s Johnson (1,758), Shabazz Napier of Connecticut (1,615), Andrew Wiggins of Kansas (1,555), Michigan’s Nik Stauskas (1,283), Florida’s Casey Prather (1,037) and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati (987). All of the top 10 vote-getters earned Wooden All American status for 2014.

McDermott is the first winner from the Big East Conference since Walter Berry of St. John’s won the Wooden Award in 1986. Three Big East players have won the Award (from schools in the league at the time): McDermott, Berry, and Chris Mullin of St. John’s in 1985. McDermott is the first three-time All American on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09) and the first Wooden Award winner from Creighton University. McDermott is the nation’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game, and his 3,150 career points puts him No. 5 on the NCAA all-time scoring list.

McDermott’s story is well-known; he came back for his senior year to play for his father at Creighton, even surrendering his athletic scholarship to do so. He shot 52.5% from the field and 45.4% from three-point range, showcasing his ability to be both an inside and outside presence. He led the Bluejays to the last three NCAA Tournaments and finished third in the voting in 2013.

The 38th Annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will celebrate the male and female Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award recipient, Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer, and will include the announcement of the women’s Wooden Award winner. The Gala will take place April 11, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

All players have proven that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player. Creighton will receive a contribution to its general scholarship fund in McDermott’s name from The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com, following us on Twitter (@WoodenAward), or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

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Wooden Award Winners

1977 Marques Johnson University of California, Los Angeles
1978 Phil Ford University of North Carolina
1979 Larry Bird Indiana State University
1980 Darrell Griffith University of Louisville
1981 Danny Ainge Brigham Young University
1982 Ralph Sampson University of Virginia
1983 Ralph Sampson University of Virginia
1984 Michael Jordan University of North Carolina
1985 Chris Mullin Saint John’s University
1986 Walter Berry Saint John’s University
1987 David Robinson United States Naval Academy
1988 Danny Manning University of Kansas
1989 Sean Elliott University of Arizona
1990 Lionel Simmons La Salle University
1991 Larry Johnson University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1992 Christian Laettner Duke University
1993 Calbert Cheaney Indiana University
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue University
1995 Ed O’Bannon University of California, Los Angeles
1996 Marcus Camby University of Massachusetts
1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest University
1998 Antawn Jamison University of North Carolina
1999 Elton Brand Duke University
2000 Kenyon Martin University of Cincinnati
2001 Shane Battier Duke University
2002 Jason Williams Duke University
2003 T.J. Ford University of Texas
2004 Jameer Nelson St. Joseph’s University
2005 Andrew Bogut University of Utah
2006 J.J. Redick Duke University
2007 Kevin Durant University of Texas
2008 Tyler Hansbrough University of North Carolina
2009 Blake Griffin University of Oklahoma
2010 Evan Turner The Ohio State University
2011 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young University
2012 Anthony Davis University of Kentucky
2013 Trey Burke University of Michigan
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton University

 


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JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD® 2013-14 WOMEN’S ALL AMERICANS RELEASED TODAY

 

Returning All Americans Ogwumike and Sims Head the List

Los Angeles (April 2, 2014)— The John R. Wooden Award Women’s All American Team was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Voting by college basketball media members from throughout the nation took place from March 12 through 25, allowing voters to take into account play through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The All American Team is made up of the five student-athletes who received the highest point total over that period. All players have proven to their universities 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.

Two players return to the All American Team from a year ago: Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims. Rounding out the five-player team are Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride, Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart, and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas. All but Sims will take their teams to the Final Four this weekend; Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight.

Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Her 26.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, 60.4% field-goal percentage, and 26 double-doubles make her the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in each of those categories. She is No. 6 on the NCAA all-time rebounding list and is the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer with 2,722 points. Sims averaged 28.5 points, No. 2 nationally, and 4.6 assists for the 32-5 Bears. With 1,054 points in 2013-14, Sims is just the second NCAA Division I women’s player to score over 1,000 points in a season. She was the 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year.

McBride, the ACC Player of the Year, started all 36 games for Notre Dame this season, registering 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game for the undefeated Irish. Stewart leads UConn at 19.4 points per game and was the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Her 738 points on the season are fourth most in the history of the UConn program. Thomas poured in a career-high 33 points against Tennessee to lead Maryland into the Elite Eight; she averages 18.6 points and 10.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists, all top 5 marks in the ACC, and is her school’s all-time leading scorer.

The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.

Four different conferences are represented by the five players: the ACC had two selections, and the American, the Big 12, and Pac-12 each had one.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ’11). Baylor’s Brittney Griner won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com, following us on Twitter (@WoodenAward), or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

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Women’s All Americans

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Kayla McBride 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Chiney Ogwumike# 6-4 Sr. F Stanford Pac-12
Odyssey Sims# 5-8 Sr. G Baylor Big 12
Breanna Stewart 6-4 So. F UConn The American
Alyssa Thomas 6-2 Sr. F Maryland ACC
(Players listed alphabetically.)
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John R. Wooden Award All American Team Announced

Los Angeles (March 31, 2014)— The 10-player John R. Wooden Award All American Team was released today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club and announced on the ESPNU show “Katz Korner.” The 10 players were selected by a voting base of nearly 1,000 college basketball experts throughout the nation and by fans through the Fan Voting site woodenawardvote.com. The Top 5 vote-getters have been invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 11 and were highlighted on the show. In alphabetical order, the invited players are Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Duke’s Jabari Parker, and Louisville’s Russ Smith.

The All American Team is made up of the 10 student-athletes who received the most votes, with voters ranking the balloted players from 1 to 10. All players have proven to their universities 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. Voters could consider performance during the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Women’s All American team will be released Wednesday.

Rounding out the All American Team, also in alphabetical order, are Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut, Casey Prather of Florida, Nik Stauskas of Michigan and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.  The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday, April 4 in Dallas, Texas. The 38th Annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the male and female Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The Gala will take place April 11, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, is the only returner to the team and is the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09). McDermott is the nation’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game, and his 3,150 career points puts him No. 5 on the NCAA all-time scoring list. He led the Bluejays to the last three NCAA Tournaments.

Early of Wichita State led the Shockers to an amazing 34-0 regular season record, averaging 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 84% from the free throw line. Johnson of Arizona did it all for the Wildcats, pouring in 16.3 points and adding 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists while taking his team to the Elite Eight. Parker was one of two freshmen chosen to the All American team; he averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for Duke. Smith led Louisville to the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, averaging 18.2 points and 4.6 assists.

The American Athletic Conference placed the most players on the John R. Wooden Award All American Team with three. The Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Missouri Valley and Big East each had one selection.

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2013-14 All American Team

Name Ht. Yr. Pos. School Conference
Cleanthony Early 6-8 Sr. F Wichita State Missouri Valley
Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. G Arizona Pac-12
Sean Kilpatrick 6-4 Sr. G Cincinnati The American
Doug McDermott*# 6-8 Sr. F Creighton Big East
Shabazz Napier 6-1 Sr. G Connecticut The American
Jabari Parker 6-8 Fr. F Duke ACC
Casey Prather 6-6 Sr. F Florida SEC
Russ Smith 6-0 Sr. G Louisville The American
Nik Stauskas 6-6 So. G Michigan Big Ten
Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. G Kansas Big 12

Players listed alphabetically  

* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team

# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team


Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Announces Men’s Ballot

Los Angeles (March 8, 2014)— The John R. Wooden Award Ballot was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN College GameDay. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are the eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament after voting by nearly 1,000 media members from March 12 through 24 and through the Fan Voting site sponsored by Wendy’s. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Dallas, Texas. The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the male and female Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The Gala will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09). McDermott is the nation’s leading scorer at 26.0 ppg (through March 2) and adds 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He is the only returning Wooden All American this season and now ranks among the all-time top 10 scorers in Division I history, edging closer to the 3,000-career total point plateau as the regular season winds down.

Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle of Kentucky, and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas made the ballot as freshmen.  Syracuse (Ennis, C.J. Fair) is the only school with two players named to the ballot.

Three players were selected to the ballot who were not on the Midseason Top 25, all of whom do a little bit of everything for their teams: Michigan State guard Gary Harris, who averages 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists; Cincinnati senior Sean Kilpatrick (20.3 ppg), who has taken his team to a No. 15 ranking by leading the Bearcats in scoring in 25 of their 30 games; and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (17.1 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists), one of the nation’s top three-point shooters.

The ACC and The American lead the way in terms of conferences, with three selections. The Pac-12, SEC and Big Ten each have two, followed by the Big East, Missouri Valley, and Big 12 each with one player named to the ballot.
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2013-14 Ballot

Name Ht. Yr. Pos. School Conference
Kyle Anderson 6-9 So. G/F UCLA Pac-12
Cleanthony Early 6-8 Sr. F Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyler Ennis 6-2 Fr. G Syracuse ACC
C.J. Fair 6-8 Sr. F Syracuse ACC
Gary Harris 6-4 So. G Michigan State Big Ten
Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. G Arizona Pac-12
Sean Kilpatrick 6-4 Sr. G Cincinnati The American
Doug McDermott*# 6-8 Sr. F Creighton Big East
Shabazz Napier 6-1 Sr. G Connecticut The American
Jabari Parker 6-8 Fr. F Duke ACC
Casey Prather 6-6 Sr. F Florida SEC
Julius Randle 6-9 Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Russ Smith 6-0 Sr. G Louisville The American
Nik Stauskas 6-6 So. G Michigan Big Ten
Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. G Kansas Big 12

 

Players listed alphabetically  

* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team

# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team

 


JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD® 2013-14 WOMEN’S BALLOT ANNOUNCED TODAY

Three players from No. 1 UConn and two returning All Americans head the list

Los Angeles (March 6, 2014)— The John R. Wooden Award Women’s Ballot was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The men’s ballot will be released Saturday.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament after voting by hundreds of media members from March 12 through 25. The Wooden Award is unique in that voters may take into account play through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.

Two players return to the ballot from the five-player All American team in 2013: senior Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford and senior Odyssey Sims of Baylor. Both players have carried their teams this season to top national rankings and conference titles albeit in different ways. Ogwumike is the nation’s no. 3 scorer (27.1, all stats through 3/2) and eighth-ranked rebounder (12.0) as an offensive and defensive force in the post for the Cardinal. Arguably the nation’s top guard, Sims is the leading scorer in the country at 30.2 points per game, and has made 87 three-pointers on the season.

Connecticut, the number one ranked team in the country, placed three players on the ballot: Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart. Notre Dame was the only other school with multiple players balloted, Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride. Only one freshman was chosen, North Carolina’s dynamic forward Diamond DeShields, who averages 17.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The ACC and The American lead the way in terms of conferences, with five selections from the ACC and four from The American. The Big Ten had three, followed by the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC each with one player named to the ballot.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Baylor’s Brittney Griner won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com, following us on Twitter (@WoodenAward), or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.
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Women’s Ballot

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Rachel Banham 5-9 Jr. G Minnesota Big Ten
Diamond DeShields 6-1 Fr. G North Carolina ACC
Stefanie Dolson 6-5 Sr. C UConn The American
Bria Hartley 5-8 Sr. G UConn The American
Jordan Hooper 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big Ten
Tricia Liston 6-1 Sr. G Duke ACC
Jewell Loyd 5-10 So. G Notre Dame ACC
Maggie Lucas 5-10 Sr. G Penn State Big Ten
Kayla McBride 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Tiffany Mitchell 5-9 So. G South Carolina SEC
Chiney Ogwumike# 6-4 Sr. F Stanford Pac-12
Shoni Schimmel 5-6 Jr. G Louisville The American
Odyssey Sims# 5-8 Sr. G Baylor Big 12
Breanna Stewart 6-4 So. F UConn The American
Alyssa Thomas 6-2 Sr. F Maryland ACC
(Players listed alphabetically.)
# indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden Award All American Team

Midseason Top 25+ Advanced Stats

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We reiterate our reluctance to rely too heavily on statistics in determining the top candidates for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. We feel that they overemphasize offensive categories, don’t accurately capture leadership traits, and are skewed by many factors, including strength of opponent, game flow, and coaching philosophy.

However, for those who want to use statistics to bolster your case for your favorite player, here are some advanced statistics for the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, plus 7 of the most talked-about players left off that list.

Players not on the Midseason Top 25 can be included on the Final Ballot which consists of 15 players who are certified by their schools to meet the Wooden Award’s academic requirements.

Name Team Team RPI Team SOS Ortg Rank %Poss %Shots eFG% OR% DR%
Kyle Anderson UCLA 0.6308 19 116.4 313 25.8 21.1 55.8 5.0 25.5
Keith Appling Michigan State 0.6584 23 116.3 320 23.9 22.1 52.8 1.6 10.0
Cameron Bairstow New Mexico 0.6107 50 121.6 136 28.4 27.9 56.3 8.7 15.3
Jordan Clarkson Missouri 0.5875 139 116.1 330 28.1 31.1 50.8 3.7 9.2
Aaron Craft Ohio State 0.6392 22 106.0 17.8 13.7 49.2 0.9 10.6
Sam Dekker Wisconsin 0.6784 3 116.2 325 24.2 26.3 54.5 8.8 16.0
Cleanthony Early Wichita State 0.6573 83 113.4 450 26.6 29.1 54.3 5.7 21.4
Tyler Ennis Syracuse 0.6621 96 122.0 129 21.0 19.6 48.2 2.4 9.7
C.J. Fair Syracuse 0.6621 96 102.1 26.7 28.6 47.6 5.9 14.2
Aaron Gordon Arizona 0.6945 18 106.9 22.9 23.8 50.5 11.4 18.5
Rodney Hood Duke 0.6393 24 128.6 38 23.0 24.8 59.9 4.3 12.9
Nick Johnson Arizona 0.6945 18 121.2 150 24.2 26.2 57.0 3.0 9.7
DeAndre Kane Iowa State 0.6504 29 109.2 27.9 22.0 53.3 4.6 17.3
Doug McDermott Creighton 0.6512 31 121.2 149 32.6 36.9 56.7 6.6 19.0
Shabazz Napier Connecticut 0.6093 70 120.4 165 28.5 25.4 52.6 4.1 15.1
Jabari Parker Duke 0.6393 24 112.3 31.2 32.9 51.8 10.4 21.5
Adreian Payne Michigan State 0.6584 23 118.1 248 24.2 26.3 57.7 6.5 22.4
Casey Prather Florida 0.6635 48 121.0 154 27.8 27.1 61.8 8.8 13.4
Julius Randle Kentucky 0.6449 6 114.3 408 29.0 23.8 54.9 15.9 22.5
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State 0.6414 63 112.1 29.4 26.9 50.2 5.0 14.8
Russ Smith Louisville 0.6206 71 112.4 32.6 30.8 52.8 3.6 9.1
T. J. Warren North Carolina State 0.5731 45 111.2 31.2 34.9 52.7 10.7 13.3
Andrew Wiggins Kansas 0.7113 1 112.3 24.3 25.9 50.2 8.0 13.3
Chaz Williams Massachusetts 0.6558 39 111.7 25.7 22.1 49.5 2.6 5.8
Joseph Young Oregon 0.6081 52 131.2 21 22.0 25.4 57.5 3.0 10.1
Most Talked-about “Snubs”
Bryce Cotton Providence 0.6013 69 119.3 26.8 28.2 46.8 1.9 8.6
Joel Embiid Kansas 0.7113 1 113.0 473 24.5 19.9 67.1 12.5 24.1
Gary Harris Michigan State 0.6584 23 116.7 300 26.4 28.5 53.2 4.9 10.3
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati 0.6252 108 123.0 109 27.2 30.3 52.1 3.8 11.7
Lamar Patterson Pitt 0.6448 67 123.9 96 27.9 28.1 59.6 4 14.7
Nik Stauskas Michigan 0.6440 21 132.8 15 23.4 22.5 62.5 2.4 10.4
Xavier Thames San Diego State 0.6363 95 121.6 138 28.2 29.5 51.2 2.3 7.8

Individual stats as of 1-26-14 are from kenpom.com. Team RPI and Strength of Schedule are from ESPN.com


Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 Stats

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The usual disclaimer on stats applies–they don’t tell the whole story, and tend to overemphasize offensive contributions. They are, however, informative.

Name Team Conference PPG RPG APG
Kyle Anderson UCLA Pac 12 15.5 8.9 6.6
Keith Appling Michigan State Big 10 15.6 3.6 4.6
Cameron Bairstow New Mexico Mountain West 20.3 7.0 1.9
Jordan Clarkson Missouri SEC 18.7 3.9 3.4
Aaron Craft Ohio State Big 10 9.2 3.4 4.9
Sam Dekker Wisconsin Big 10 13.8 6.3 1.5
Cleanthony Early Wichita State Valley 15.5 6.4 0.7
Tyler Ennis Syracuse ACC 11.9 3.2 5.5
C.J. Fair Syracuse ACC 16.8 5.8 1.4
Aaron Gordon Arizona Pac 12 12.4 7.8 1.4
Rodney Hood Duke ACC 17.9 4.3 2.0
Nick Johnson Arizona Pac 12 16.3 3.4 2.1
DeAndre Kane Iowa State Big 12 16.7 7.2 5.8
Doug McDermott Creighton Big East 24.8 7.1 1.8
Shabazz Napier Connecticut American 17.4 6.2 5.9
Jabari Parker Duke ACC 19.1 7.3 1.5
Adreian Payne Michigan State Big 10 16.2 7.7 1.5
Casey Prather Florida SEC 17.3 5.5 2.1
Julius Randle Kentucky SEC 16.7 10.6 1.7
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State Big 12 17.8 5.8 4.4
Russ Smith Louisville American 18.4 3.4 4.7
T. J. Warren North Carolina State ACC 22.2 7.3 0.9
Andrew Wiggins Kansas Big 12 15.2 6.1 1.4
Chaz Williams Massachusetts Atlantic 10 16.3 2.7 7.4
Joseph Young Oregon Pac 12 18.0 3.5 1.9

Stats as of January 21, 2014. Compiled from ESPN.com. Courtesy of Chris Monter.


JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD® PRESENTED BY WENDY’S® ANNOUNCES 2013-14 MIDSEASON TOP 25

Los Angeles (January 22, 2014)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Midseason Top 25 today on ESPN SportsCenter andESPN.com. Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious individual honor based on their play so far this season. ESPNU will follow up at 6pm EST with a half-hour show focusing on the candidates.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09). McDermott is the nation’s No. 2 scorer at 24.9 ppg (through Jan. 19), and averages 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2% from the field for the 16-3 Bluejays. He is the only returning Wooden All American this season.

Other Midseason Top 25 picks with impressive statistics of note include Kentucky’s Julius Randle, who ranks No. 10 nationally at 10.5 rebounds per game; and two of the nation’s top playmakers, Chaz Williams of Massachusetts (No. 3 in the nation in assists, 7.4 apg), and Kyle Anderson of UCLA (No. 10, 6.6 apg).

Five freshmen were chosen to the list: Tyler Ennis of Syracuse; Aaron Gordon of Arizona; Jabari Parker of Duke; Randle of Kentucky; and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.

Arizona (Gordon, Nick Johnson), Duke (Parker, Rodney Hood), Michigan State (Adreian Payne, Keith Appling) and Syracuse (Ennis, C.J. Fair) were the only schools with two players named to the Midseason Top 25. The Wildcats, Orangemen, and Spartans are ranked 1-2-3 in this week’s AP Top 25.

In terms of conferences, distribution of players was fairly even atop the top traditional conferences. The ACC had five selections from three schools, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten with four selections each, the Big 12 and SEC with three each, The American with two; and the Atlantic 10, Big East, Missouri Valley, Mountain West with one each.

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com, following us on Twitter (@WoodenAward), or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
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Midseason Top 25
Name Ht. Yr. Pos. School Conference
Kyle Anderson 6-9 So. G/F UCLA Pac-12
Keith Appling 6-1 Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten
Cameron Bairstow 6-9 Sr. F New Mexico Mountain West
Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. G Missouri SEC
Aaron Craft 6-2 Sr. G Ohio State Big Ten
Sam Dekker 6-7 So. F Wisconsin Big Ten
Cleanthony Early 6-8 Sr. F Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyler Ennis 6-2 Fr. G Syracuse ACC
C.J. Fair 6-8 Sr. F Syracuse ACC
Aaron Gordon 6-9 Fr. F Arizona Pac-12
Rodney Hood 6-8 So. F Duke ACC
Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. G Arizona Pac-12
DeAndre Kane 6-4 Sr. G Iowa State Big 12
Doug McDermott*# 6-8 Sr. F Creighton Big East
Shabazz Napier 6-1 Sr. G Connecticut The American
Jabari Parker 6-8 Fr. F Duke ACC
Adreian Payne 6-10 Sr. C Michigan State Big Ten
Casey Prather 6-6 Sr. F Florida SEC
Julius Randle 6-9 Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Marcus Smart 6-4 So. G Oklahoma State Big 12
Russ Smith 6-0 Sr. G Louisville The American
T.J. Warren 6-8 So. F North Carolina State ACC
Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. G Kansas Big 12
Chaz Williams 5-9 Sr. G Massachusetts Atlantic 10
Joseph Young 6-2 Jr. G Oregon Pac-12

Players listed alphabetically
* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team
# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team

 


Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20 Release

Los Angeles (January 17, 2014)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20 today, comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on individual performance and team records, are the front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. The list is chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board. This year’s midseason list contains 21 players, not the traditional 20, because Duke’s Chelsea Gray was voted to the list by the media based on her play so far this year, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury last week. The men’s list will be announced January 22nd on ESPN.
Two 2013 Wooden All American highlight the list: Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims. Sims is the nation’s top scorer, averaging 31.1 ppg (stats as of January 12), shooting 49.0% from the field and 83.1% from the line. Ogwumike is the Pac-12’s leading scorer, at 27.3 ppg (No. 3 nationally) and is No. 2 in the NCAA in rebounding at 11.8 rpg. Both players are among the nation’s best defenders at their positions as well. Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, while Sims is a two-time All-Big 12 Defensive Team pick.Players not chosen to the midseason team are still eligible for the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

Connecticut has placed four players on the list: Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Breanna Stewart. In addition to Connecticut, two other schools had multiple players chosen: Duke (Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray); Notre Dame (Natalie Achonwa, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride). Loyd is the only player on the midseason list not on the preseason list; one of the nation’s top freshmen a year ago, she is averaging 17.1 ppg and has scored in double figures in every contest this season.

The ACC led all conferences with seven of the 21 selections, followed by The American with five; the Big 10 with three; the Pac-12 and Big 12 with two each; and Conference USA and the SEC with one apiece. Only one freshman was selected, North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week this week on the strength of back-to-back 20-point outings.

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and will recognize the Legends of Coaching Award recipient Tara VanDerveer of Stanford.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Maya Moore (’09 and ’11) and Brittney Griner (’12 and ’13).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or following us on Twitter @WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email atwoodenaward@laac.net.

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award® Midseason Top 20 List, Women

Name

Height

Class

Position

University Conference
Natalie Achonwa

6-3

Sr.

F

Notre Dame ACC
Rachel Banham

5-9

Jr.

G

Minnesota Big Ten
Brittany Boyd

5-9

Jr.

G

California Pac-12
Hallie Christofferson

6-3

Sr.

F

Iowa State Big 12
Jerica Coley

5-8

Sr.

G

FIU Conference USA
Diamond DeShields

6-1

Fr.

G

North Carolina ACC
Stefanie Dolson

6-5

Sr.

C

UConn The American
Chelsea Gray*

5-11

Sr.

G

Duke ACC
Bria Hartley

5-8

Sr.

G

UConn The American
Jordan Hooper

6-2

Sr.

F

Nebraska Big Ten
Jewell Loyd

5-10

So.

G

Notre Dame ACC
Maggie Lucas

5-10

Sr.

G

Penn State Big Ten
Kayla McBride

5-11

Sr.

G

Notre Dame ACC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

6-0

Jr.

F

UConn The American
Chiney Ogwumike#

6-4

Sr.

F

Stanford Pac-12
Theresa Plaisance

6-5

Sr.

F

LSU SEC
Shoni Schimmel

5-6

Jr.

G

Louisville The American
Odyssey Sims#

5-8

Sr.

G

Baylor Big 12
Breanna Stewart

6-4

So.

F

UConn The American
Alyssa Thomas

6-2

Sr.

F

Maryland ACC
Elizabeth Williams

6-3

Jr.

C/F

Duke ACC

(Based on a midseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.) # indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden Award All American Team *Gray selected based on play prior to season-ending injury


Who’s Missing?

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We asked one of our voters to tell us which players, who didn’t make the Preseason Top 50, should be considered for the Midseason Top 25. He gave us 38 names. We asked him to cut it to 10. Here are his 18 players who deserve consideration who were not on our preseason list:

Name Team Conference PPG RPG APG
Jordan Clarkson Missouri SEC 19.3 3.5 4.1
Tigers guard is 4th in SEC in scoring and second in assists and has reached double figures in scoring in all 14 games as a junior guard
Melvin Ejim Iowa State Big 12 17.7 7.6 2.2
Cyclones senior forward leads team with 17.8 ppg and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 52.1% from the field.
Yogi Ferrell Indiana Big 10 17.7 3.2 4.0
Hoosiers sophomore guard has made a huge improvement on the offensive end and leads his team with 17.7 ppg (+10.1 from last season), shooting 45.2% from distance (+14.9%).
Tim Frazier Penn State Big 10 16.9 4.1 6.9
Leading the Big 10 in assists per game, Frazier, a graduate student, is also half of the nation’s third highest scoring backcourt.
Oliver Hanlan Boston College ACC 19.9 4.2 3.0
Eagles sophomore guard has posted big second half numbers in the team’s first fifteen games (14.3), leading the team in 12 of those games.
Nick Johnson Arizona Pac 12 16.0 3.6 2.5
Wildcat junior guard leads the number one team in the nation with six 20-point games.
DeAndre Kane Iowa State Big 12 16.1 7.1 6.3
Cyclones senior guard is averaging 18.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and and 7.0 assists over the last six games. 30 points, eight boards, nine assists and five steals versus Baylor.
Shawn Long Louisiana Sun Belt 21.5 11.1 0.4
Ragin’ Cajuns sophomore forward who plays mostly as an undersized center ranks among the top 25 in the nation in rebounding (4th), field goals made (4th), double-doubles (7th), and scoring (24th).
Marcus Paige North Carolina ACC 17.6 3.9 4.1
A sophomore guard, Paige is shooting 62% from three point range and 92% from the free throw line.
Casey Prather Florida SEC 17.3 5.8 2.1
Gators senior forward has scored in double figures every game this season and has three games with 27 or more points.
Chasson Randle Stanford Pac 12 18.4 3.4 2.0
The junior guard’s 30 points was not enough in Stanford’s loss at Oregon State Thursday, his second 30-point effort of the 2013-14 campaign.
Travis Releford Alabama SEC 18.5 3.7 2.5
Crimson Tide senior guard is averaging 22.7 points and 4.7 steals per game, while also shooting 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from the floor and 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from beyond the arc over the Tide’s last three games.
Rayvonte Rice Illinois Big 10 18.7 5.8 1.9
Illini junior guard leads the Big Ten in scoring at 18.7 ppg including a season-high 29 at Indiana.
Nik Stauskas Michigan Big 10 17.8 3.5 3.6
A sophomore guard, Stauskas has seven straight double figure scoring games and is shooting 90% from the line over his last four outings.
T. J. Warren North Carolina State ACC 23.9 7.9 1.1
Led the Wolfpack with 17 points in last weekend’s win at Notre Dame; the sophomore guard is the ACC’s top scorer
C.J. Wilcox Washington Pac 12 20.2 4.3 2.7
Senior guard C.J. Wilcox leads the 10-5 Huskies in scoring and free throw shooting (88.2%). He reached the 1,600 career point plateau last night.
Chaz Williams Massachusetts Atlantic 10 15.5 3.2 7.7
With 22 points against St. Joe’s this week, Williams, a senior guard, has 28 20-point games for his career.
Joseph Young Oregon Pac 12 19.1 3.4 1.9
The son of 12-year NBA player Michael Young, Joseph, a junior guard, is the Pac-12′s No. 3 scorer.

 


New Year, New Stats

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The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Top 50 players head into the new year and conference play. How do your candidate’s stats rank?

We recognize that there are aspects of this game that do not show in stats, but it is always interesting to see how the hard numbers compare. As we head toward the Midseason Top 25, the competition heats up.

Name Team PPG RPG APG
Jordan Adams UCLA 18.7 5.0 2.8
Kyle Anderson UCLA 15.1 8.9 6.6
Keith Appling Michigan State 15.6 3.3 4.6
Isaiah Austin Baylor 10.5 5.1 1.0
Jahii Carson Arizona State 18.7 3.9 4.9
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 8.8 8.2 1.1
Semaj Christon Xavier 14.7 2.7 4.5
Aaron Craft Ohio State 9.3 3.5 4.9
Sam Dekker Wisconsin 14.1 6.3 1.5
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 15.8 3.3 4.1
Cleanthony Early Wichita State 16.6 6.5 0.8
Joel Embiid Kansas 10.8 7.3 1.3
C.J. Fair Syracuse 17.2 5.6 1.6
Aaron Gordon Arizona 12.4 8.0 1.4
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 19.0 2.5 6.2
Montrezl Harrell Louisville 11.8 7.9 0.9
Gary Harris Michigan State 18.2 4.5 2.9
Joe Harris Virginia 10.3 3.6 2.0
Andrew Harrison Kentucky 11.2 2.5 3.4
Tyler Haws BYU 21.6 4.9 1.3
Andre Hollins Minnesota 15.9 3.9 3.1
Rodney Hood Duke 17.9 4.9 2.0
Joe Jackson Memphis 15.0 3.5 3.5
Cory Jefferson Baylor 14.2 8.3 0.7
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati 18.6 4.3 2.6
Alex Kirk New Mexico 14.8 9.6 0.9
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina 14.6 6.1 1.6
Doug McDermott Creighton 24.7 7.5 1.5
Mitch McGarry Michigan 9.5 8.3 1.5
Jordan McRae Tennessee 18.9 3.2 2.6
Shabazz Napier Connecticut 16.0 6.4 5.8
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga 17.4 3.8 4.1
Jabari Parker Duke 20.4 7.7 1.7
Adreian Payne Michigan State 16.1 7.9 1.5
Elfrid Payton Louisiana 20.7 5.8 6.0
Dwight Powell Stanford 14.4 7.5 4.1
Julius Randle Kentucky 18.1 10.6 1.7
Juvone Reddic VCU 11.7 7.3 0.7
Glenn Robinson III Michigan 13.4 4.6 1.5
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State 13.6 6.0 0.5
Wanye Selden Jr. Kansas 8.5 2.8 2.2
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State 17.0 4.4 4.0
Russ Smith Louisville 17.7 3.0 4.9
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee 13.8 9.2 1.6
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke 7.3 2.5 1.6
Noah Vonieh Indiana 11.8 9.5 0.6
Dez Wells Maryland 15.0 5.3 1.9
Andrew Wiggins Kansas 15.8 5.4 1.4
Kendall Williams New Mexico 18.8 3.6 5.3
James Young Kentucky 13.8 4.2 1.8

Tempo Free Scoring Comparison

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How does your #WoodenAward candidate rank in tempo-free scoring?

Name Team Conference ORtg Rank
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga WCC 139.7 15
Jerian Grant Notre Dame ACC 135.8 34
Jordan Adams UCLA Pac 12 135.3 39
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado Pac 12 133.7 50
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati American 133.2 54
Kendall Williams New Mexico Mountain West 132.5 63
Montrezl Harrell Louisville American 128.6 114
Rodney Hood Duke ACC 128.5 118
Keith Appling Michigan State Big 10 124.4 192
Shabazz Napier Connecticut American 122.7 231
Jordan McRae Tennessee SEC 122.5 240
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 122.2 257
Glenn Robinson III Michigan Big 10 121.2 286
Russ Smith Louisville American 120.5 314
Doug McDermott Creighton Big East 120.1 331
Joel Embiid Kansas Big 12 119.6 341
Kyle Anderson UCLA Pac 12 119.0 364
Joe Jackson Memphis American 118.1 406
Andre Hollins Minnesota Big 10 117.2 442
Adreian Payne Michigan State Big 10 116.9 461
Aaron Craft Ohio State Big 10 116.5 483
Tyler Haws BYU Mountain West 116.4 490
Andrew Wiggins Kansas Big 12 115.3 NR
Joe Harris Virginia ACC 114.9 NR
Jahii Carson Arizona State Pac 12 114.2 NR
Sam Dekker Wisconsin Big 10 114.1 NR
Jabari Parker Duke ACC 114.0 NR
Noah Vonleh Indiana Big 10 113.9 NR
Cory Jefferson Baylor Big 12 113.6 NR
Mitch McGarry Michigan Big 10 113.4 NR
Alex Kirk New Mexico Mountain West 112.7 NR
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee SEC 112.4 NR
Julius Randle Kentucky SEC 111.9 NR
Andrew Harrison Kentucky SEC 111.1 NR
Juvone Reddic VCU Atlantic 10 110.7 NR
James Young Kentucky SEC 110.1 NR
Dez Wells Maryland ACC 110.1 NR
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State Big 12 110.1 NR
Dwight Powell Stanford Pac 12 109.1 NR
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State Big 10 107.5 NR
Isaiah Austin Baylor Big 12 106.4 NR
Aaron Gordon Arizona Pac 12 105.7 NR
Gary Harris Michigan State Big 10 105.6 NR
Cleanthony Early Wichita State Valley 105.5 NR
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke ACC 105.2 NR
Elfrid Payton Louisiana Sun Belt 104.1 NR
Semaj Christon Xavier Big East 101.6 NR
C.J. Fair Syracuse ACC 101.1 NR
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina ACC 100.7 NR
Wayne Selden Jr. Kansas Big 12 100.1 NR

Tempo Free Offense Chart

 

Stats courtesy of @KenPomeroy and are as of 12/15/13. @Wendy’s


Preseason Top 50 Updated Stats

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The Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50 stats as of December 12th:

Name Team PPG RPG APG
Jordan Adams UCLA 21.6 4.7 2.7
Kyle Anderson UCLA 13.9 8.9 7.1
Keith Appling Michigan State 16.4 3.1 5.3
Isaiah Austin Baylor 13.4 8.7 0.8
Jahii Carson Arizona State 20.5 3.7 5.1
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 9.1 7.7 1.2
Semaj Christon Xavier 16.2 2.3 4.0
Aaron Craft Ohio State 10.6 3.6 5.0
Sam Dekker Wisconsin 14.4 5.9 0.8
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 15.3 3.4 3.7
Cleanthony Early Wichita State 14.3 6.4 1.1
Joel Embiid Kansas 8.9 6.6 1.3
C.J. Fair Syracuse 17.8 5.3 1.2
Aaron Gordon Arizona 12.0 9.1 1.4
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 19.8 2.7 6.2
Montrezl Harrell Louisville 13.3 9.2 1.1
Gary Harris Michigan State 17.6 4.4 2.7
Joe Harris Virginia 11.3 3.5 2.2
Andrew Harrison Kentucky 10.3 2.0 3.5
Tyler Haws BYU 23.8 5.1 1.5
Andre Hollins Minnesota 15.8 3.5 3.4
Rodney Hood Duke 19.3 5.0 1.9
Joe Jackson Memphis 14.7 3.0 3.7
Cory Jefferson Baylor 10.8 5.0 1.0
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati 19.6 3.9 3.1
Alex Kirk New Mexico 18.6 10.4 0.8
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina 13.0 5.9 1.3
Doug McDermott Creighton 25.3 6.9 0.9
Mitch McGarry Michigan 9.7 8.9 1.7
Jordan McRae Tennessee 18.8 3.5 2.3
Shabazz Napier Connecticut 15.3 7.0 5.9
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga 19.6 3.1 4.3
Jabari Parker Duke 22.1 7.8 1.8
Adreian Payne Michigan State 15.9 7.8 1.3
Elfrid Payton Louisiana 19.0 6.0 5.4
Dwight Powell Stanford 15.1 7.0 3.9
Julius Randle Kentucky 17.8 12.0 2.2
Juvone Reddic VCU 13.1 7.5 0.8
Glenn Robinson III Michigan 12.2 5.0 1.9
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State 11.4 5.3 0.6
Wayne Selden Jr. Kansas 8.6 2.9 1.9
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State 19.7 4.9 3.8
Russ Smith Louisville 17.6 3.2 4.3
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee 14.9 10.0 1.8
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke 7.1 2.5 1.5
Noah Vonleh Indiana 12.8 10.0 0.8
Dez Wells Maryland 13.9 4.6 2.6
Andrew Wiggins Kansas 16.4 6.1 1.2
Kendall Williams New Mexico 19.1 3.4 5.8
James Young Kentucky 13.9 3.9 1.8

Stats are as of 12-11-13 and were compiled from ESPN.com. Courtesy of Chris Monter.


Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50 Stats

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Here are the current statistics of the Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Preseason Top 50 candidates:

Name Team PPG RPG APG
Jordan Adams  UCLA 21.4 4.3 2.6
Kyle Anderson UCLA 13.0 9.7 7.6
Keith Appling  Michigan State 16.9 3.0 5.6
Isaiah Austin  Baylor 13.5 8.8 0.8
Jahii Carson  Arizona State 20.2 3.1 5.1
Willie Cauley-Stein  Kentucky 9.6 8.4 1.3
Semaj Christon Xavier 15.1 2.5 4.4
Aaron Craft  Ohio State 11.3 3.8 5.3
Sam Dekker  Wisconsin 14.6 5.5 0.9
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 13.8 3.9 3.3
Cleanthony Early  Wichita State 14.1 6.8 1.3
Joel Embiid Kansas 9.1 7.0 1.1
C.J. Fair  Syracuse 18.0 5.9 1.1
Aaron Gordon  Arizona 12.1 9.3 1.6
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 19.5 2.2 5.5
Montrezl Harrell Louisville 12.3 9.7 1.4
Gary Harris  Michigan State 17.7 4.3 2.8
Joe Harris  Virginia 12.4 3.8 2.1
Andrew Harrison  Kentucky 10.4 2.0 3.4
Tyler Haws  BYU 23.7 5.7 1.7
Andre Hollins  Minnesota 15.9 3.6 2.6
Rodney Hood  Duke 20.0 5.0 1.9
Joe Jackson Memphis 14.2 2.8 3.5
Cory Jefferson  Baylor 10.5 4.9 0.9
Sean Kilpatrick  Cincinnati 19.3 4.0 2.7
Alex Kirk  New Mexico 20.8 12.0 0.8
James Michael McAdoo  North Carolina 13.8 6.0 1.2
Doug McDermott  Creighton 24.9 7.1 0.9
Mitch McGarry  Michigan   8.2 7.8 1.0
Jordan McRae  Tennessee 19.1 3.6 2.0
Shabazz Napier  Connecticut 15.0 7.7 6.1
Kevin Pangos  Gonzaga 20.4 2.4 4.1
Jabari Parker  Duke 23.0 8.0 2.0
Adreian Payne  Michigan State 15.9 7.7 1.4
Elfrid Payton Louisiana 20.3 5.7 5.4
Dwight Powell  Stanford 15.1 7.0 3.8
Julius Randle  Kentucky 18.1 12.5 2.1
Juvone Reddic VCU 12.5 6.5 1.0
Glenn Robinson III  Michigan 12.1 5.4 1.6
LaQuinton Ross  Ohio State 8.0 5.0 0.7
Wanye Selde,Jr. Kansas 9.4 3.0 2.3
Marcus Smart  Oklahoma State 20.5 5.0 3.6
Russ Smith  Louisville 18.9 2.9 3.9
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee 14.3 9.6 1.7
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke 7.1 2.5 1.5
Noah Vonieh Indiana 12.9 10.4 0.7
Dez Wells  Maryland 12.9 5.0 3.1
Andrew Wiggins  Kansas 14.3 5.6 1.6
Kendall Williams  New Mexico 19.8 3.2 6.3
James Young Kentucky 13.0 3.5 2.1

Stats as of 12-1-13 and compiled from ESPN.com. Courtesy of Chris Monter.


Wooden Award Candidates in Maui

Several Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s candidates are playing in the EA Sports Maui Invitational and our staff is on hand to bring back in-person impressions of these terrific players.

Here, Legends of Coaching recipient Jim Boeheim has some instruction for Jerami Grant:

Jim Boeheim

C.J. Fair looks to attack:

C.J. Fair

Cory Jefferson gets some jump on his jump shot:

Cory Jefferson

Isaiah Austin with textbook form on his follow through:

Isaiah Austin

Please go to ESPN.com to follow all the Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s candidates.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Photo credit: Ryan Yamada


JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD® PRESENTED BY WENDY’S® REVEALS 2013-14 PRESEASON TOP 50

Wooden Award presented by Wendy's

Los Angeles (November 12, 2013)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 today on ESPN.com. 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 sport’s most prestigious honor.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09). McDermott set Creighton single-season records for points, field goals and three-point percentage a year ago, and spent this summer leading Team USA in scoring (14.9 ppg) at the World University Games. He averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season to lead Creighton to a 28-8 record. After leading the country with 284 field goals and 834 points in 2012-13, McDermott will play as a walk-on for the Bluejays in their first year in the Big East this season.

Other players of note aside from McDermott include several stars who each had a huge impact on his team’s NCAA Final Four run in 2013, including Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III; Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early; and C.J. Fair of Syracuse.
It is no surprise that AP preseason No. 1 Kentucky had the most players chosen to the list, four (sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein, and three freshmen: Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, and James Young). Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State, all top 5 teams in the preseason, boast three Top 50 players apiece. Schools with two players selected include defending NCAA Champion Louisville, Baylor, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.

In terms of conferences, it promises to be an interesting year in the Big 10, with a chart-topping 10 players chosen to the preseason list from six different schools. The ACC had eight selections from six schools, followed by the Big 12 (3 schools), Pac-12 (5 schools) and SEC (2 schools) with six selections each. The brand new American Athletic Conference had five selections (4 schools), followed by the Big East, West Coast and Mountain West with two each; and the Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, and Sun Belt each with one.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
Presented by Wendy’s®
Preseason Top 50

Name School Conference Ht. Yr. Pos.
Jordan Adams UCLA Pac-12 6-5 So. G
Kyle Anderson UCLA Pac-12 6-9 So. G/F
Keith Appling Michigan State Big Ten 6-1 Sr. G
Isaiah Austin Baylor Big 12 7-1 So. C
Jahii Carson Arizona State Pac-12 5-10 So. G
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 7-0 So. F
Semaj Christon Xavier Big East 6-3 So. G
Aaron Craft Ohio State Big Ten 6-2 Sr. G
Sam Dekker Wisconsin Big Ten 6-7 So. F
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado Pac-12 6-6 Jr. G
Cleanthony Early Wichita State Missouri Valley 6-8 Sr. F
Joel Embiid Kansas Big 12 7-0 Fr. C
C.J. Fair Syracuse ACC 6-8 Sr. F
Aaron Gordon Arizona Pac-12 6-9 Fr. F
Jerian Grant Notre Dame ACC 6-5 Sr. G
Montrezl Harrell Louisville The American 6-8 So. F
Gary Harris Michigan State Big Ten 6-4 So. G
Joe Harris Virginia ACC 6-6 Sr. G
Andrew Harrison Kentucky SEC 6-6 Fr. G
Tyler Haws BYU WCC 6-5 Jr. G
Andre Hollins Minnesota Big Ten 6-2 Jr. G
Rodney Hood Duke ACC 6-8 So. F
Joe Jackson Memphis The American 6-1 Sr. G
Cory Jefferson Baylor Big 12 6-9 Sr. F
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati The American 6-4 Sr. G
Alex Kirk New Mexico Mountain West 7-0 Jr. C
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina ACC 6-9 Jr. F
Doug McDermott*# Creighton Big East 6-8 Sr. F
Mitch McGary Michigan Big Ten 6-10 So. F
Jordan McRae Tennessee SEC 6-6 Sr. G
Shabazz Napier Connecticut The American 6-1 Sr. G
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga WCC 6-2 Jr. G
Jabari Parker Duke ACC 6-8 Fr. F
Adreian Payne Michigan State Big Ten 6-10 Sr. C
Elfrid Payton Louisiana Sun Belt 6-3 Jr. G
Dwight Powell Stanford Pac-12 6-10 Sr. F
Julius Randle Kentucky SEC 6-9 Fr. F
Juvonte Reddic VCU Atlantic 10 6-9 Sr. F
Glenn Robinson III Michigan Big Ten 6-6 So. F
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State Big Ten 6-8 Jr. F
Wayne Selden, Jr. Kansas Big 12 6-5 Fr. G
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State Big 12 6-4 So. G
Russ Smith Louisville The American 6-0 Sr. G
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee SEC 6-8 Jr. F
Rasheed Sulaimon Duke ACC 6-4 So. G
Noah Vonleh Indiana Big Ten 6-10 Fr. F
Dez Wells Maryland ACC 6-5 Jr. G/F
Andrew Wiggins Kansas Big 12 6-8 Fr. G
Kendall Williams New Mexico Mountain West 6-4 Sr. G
James Young Kentucky SEC 6-6 Fr. G

Players listed alphabetically

* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team
# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team