John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's Announces 2016 National Ballot



John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's Announces 2016 National Ballot

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2016) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2016 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® on ESPN College GameDay today. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and one shall receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress towards graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

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Voting will take place from March 14th to March 21st, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans may vote through the fan voting site, sponsored by Wendy’s, at www.woodenawardvote.com. The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, and the five finalists for the Wooden Award, widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show March 28th on ESPNU at 8pm EST.

 

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award® to the men’s and women’s most outstanding basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s® on ESPN2 on Friday, April 8th at 8pm (EST). The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2016 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas Tech. No university is represented by more than one player. The Big Ten leads all conferences with four players on the final ballot, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with three each; the Big East with two; and the Pac-12, SEC and Horizon with one selection each.

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award® program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male and female player who have proven to their respective universities that they are making progress toward graduation while 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 (‘07), Maya Moore (‘09 and ’11), Trey Burke (‘13) and Doug McDermott (‘14). Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky won the 2015 men’s Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the 2015 women’s Wooden Award.

 

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award® has contributed close to a million dollars to the general scholarship fund of the honoree’s University in the name of the All-American recipient. The Award has also enabled more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award® presentation, and brings together Special Olympics athletes and the Wooden Award All-Americans.

 

Fans can follow the candidates en route to the Wooden Award presentation and get the latest news by liking the Wooden Award Facebook page or following @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact Ernest Baskerville at (213) 630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

 

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John R. Wooden Award Men’s 2016 National Ballot

 

Name

School

Conference

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.

Grayson Allen

Duke

ACC

6-5

Soph.

G

Malcolm Brogdon#

Virginia

ACC

6-5

Sr.

G

Kris Dunn

Providence

Big East

6-4

Jr.

G

Perry Ellis

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Sr.

F

Kahlil Felder

Oakland

Horizon

5-9

Jr.

G

Yogi Ferrell

Indiana

Big Ten

6-0

Sr.

G

Josh Hart

Villanova

Big East

6-5

Jr.

G

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

Big 12

6-4

Sr.

G

Brice Johnson

North Carolina

ACC

6-10

Sr.

F

Georges Niang

Iowa State

Big 12

6-8

Sr.

F

Jakob Poeltl

Utah

Pac-12

7-0

Soph.

F

Melo Trimble

Maryland

Big Ten

6-3

Soph.

G

Tyler Ulis

Kentucky

SEC

5-9

Soph.

G

Jarrod Uthoff

Iowa

Big Ten

6-9

Sr.

F

Denzel Valentine

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-5

Sr.

G

 

# indicates player selected as a 2014-15 Wooden Award All-American


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  • commented 2016-04-05 07:23:30 -0700
    Tyler Ulis did a great Job with our team, on and off the court. All these young men are great ball players , but they are not our Tyler.
  • commented 2016-04-04 19:36:12 -0700
    Malcolm brogdon is a beast. All around player.
  • commented 2016-04-03 17:12:42 -0700
    Denzel Valentine !!!!
  • commented 2016-03-26 18:19:22 -0700
    Malcolm Brogdon!!!!
  • commented 2016-03-21 18:19:52 -0700
    I think all of you have very sound points and have made great choices. I would honestly pick someone else. I agree Buddy Hield is the best pure shooter in years, and Tyler Ulis is an amazing floor leader with sound skills, Denzell Valentine is a beast with his passing and ball movement. I however would choose Malcolm Brogdon because is floor leader, sound scorer, and maybe the best defensive player in the country. Every time he is matched up against a good high profile player, they score 7-10 points and he scores 25-30 points. That is what being a star and leader is about, but I would not argue with any of your choices…. All sound selections
  • commented 2016-03-21 17:31:58 -0700
    Buddy Hield!!
  • commented 2016-03-19 17:03:55 -0700
    Gregory- you must live in a cave without a TV! Tyler was extremely consistent. All the basketball analysts were giving the young kid great reviews. Plus he was The SEC’s MVP in league and SEC Tournament play, the league’s Defensive player of the year, 1st. Team All League offensively and defensively, 1st. Team All-American AP, ESPN AND Sporting News and now a Wooden Finalist. He’s a great leader and an even better person! Chew on those honors!🏀👍🎯💥 Go back to sleep!💤💤💤
  • commented 2016-03-19 02:24:02 -0700
    BTW, Ulis is fantastic, just don’t think he was as consistent night in night out.
  • commented 2016-03-19 02:22:28 -0700
    Buddy sealed it up tonight. I think it will be so that Hield get’s the award. Valentine and his stunk up the state. MSTU? Seriously?
  • commented 2016-03-18 19:44:42 -0700
    Tyler Ulis hands down! The best player in the Nation and has all the qualities that John Wooden would want in a player and leader!
  • commented 2016-03-18 10:10:02 -0700
    John…EASY decision based on exactly what? Buddy did it night in and out even in the losses. Much respect for Denzel and Coach Izzo, but your comment is misinformed. They are very comparable, but in this decision I think Valentine injury did not help his cause. “easy”? that’s foolish and blatantly homer.
  • commented 2016-03-16 10:00:21 -0700
    Their is absolutely no other player in college that has the skill set That Tyler Ulis has, He has the most basketball IQ of any College player that I have ever seen, He is the true meaning of a floor general. Tyler Ulis 2015- 2016 Wooden Award winner!!!!…
  • commented 2016-03-15 22:42:46 -0700
    Kay felder hands down u see wat he have done the whole year
  • commented 2016-03-15 13:18:44 -0700
    I’m not sure how you can NOT give it to Denzel Valentine. Most complete player in the field, IMO. Buddy Hield is prolific scorer, no doubt. But his overall stats aren’t as impressive.
  • commented 2016-03-14 19:50:40 -0700
    Denzel Valentine. Hands down!!
  • commented 2016-03-14 14:56:50 -0700
    Tyler Ulis without any doubt is THE most valuable player in the country. SEC Player of the year, best Defensive player in the SEC and MVP in the SEC Tournament are just some of the accolades. He might only be 5’9" but he plays way bigger than that. He is a honorable young man and is well deserving of this award.
  • commented 2016-03-14 07:55:04 -0700
    Tyler Ulis should be wooden award winner
  • commented 2016-03-12 06:33:28 -0800
    I think Tyler Ulis is very deserving of this award. If you take away what he has done for this years Kentucky Team they wouldn’t be where they are now. He never comes out of the game and he gives all he as got and leaves it on the court. They are not the same with out him.
  • commented 2016-03-11 17:43:00 -0800
    Tyler Ulis of course
  • commented 2016-03-11 08:02:34 -0800
    Valentine—Easy Decision!
  • commented 2016-03-10 10:42:49 -0800
    I think Buddy Hield was definitely the dominant player for the 1st half of the season, but over the 2nd half of the season his stats have dropped quite a lot. The 2 best players I’ve seen over the 2nd half of the season for me personally would be between Denzel Valentine from Michigan St. or Tyler Ulis from Kentucky. That being said, I think when it’s all said and done that Buddy Hield will narrowly edge out Denzel Valentine for National Player of the Year honors, IMO.
  • commented 2016-03-06 07:24:36 -0800
    Vote for Buddy Hield! Boomer!

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