Race for the Award

Preseason Poll
The Award ’Preseason Committee begins the selection process in October of the year preceding the Wooden Award announcement. The committee evaluates players to determine the Women’s Preseason Top 30 and the Men’s Preseason Top 50.

Midseason Poll 
In mid January, the committee whittles the list down to the Midseason Top 25 candidates for the men and the Midseason Top 20 for the women. These lists are intended to give our voters an indication of players in contention for the Award. Players who do not make the Preseason or Midseason lists are still eligible for consideration for the final ballot.

From these two lists, the Wooden Award offices begins to certify with universities and colleges that players are making progress toward graduation and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 at their current institution (certified by the university). In addition, following the release of the midseason poll, additional players are tracked and certified to meet the Wooden Award criteria.

The Ballot 
By the end of February, the Wooden Award National Advisory Board slates the ballot down to 15 players for both men and women. The official ballot is released in late February and sent to nearly 1,000 voters for the men’s award and 300 voters for the women’s award. The accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP compiles the results.

The Announcement of the All-Americans
 The 10-man All-American Team is announced the Tuesday following the “Elite Eight ” round of the NCAA Tournament. The players who receive the most votes are invited to The Los Angeles Athletic Club for the Wooden Award presentation the weekend following the NCAA championship game. On the men’s side, the winner of the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendys will be announced at the Final Four Live on ESPN. The women’s winner will be announced at the LAAC event in Los Angeles, and all five women’s All Americans are invited to attend.

A replica trophy bearing the winner’s name is given to the winner’s university at the special Awards Gala held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club honoring the All American teams and the Legends of Coaching winner. Each coach of the winners receives a scholarship check for his university’s general fund.

The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Awards are presented at the Wooden Award banquet. The awards are presented to the most valuable player in each of the six California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section divisions and one Los Angeles City division. Each player receives a plaque and scholarship check is given to the school’s athletic fund.

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