Men's 2014-15 National Ballot Announced Today



Men's 2014-15 National Ballot Announced Today

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 7, 2015) -- The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2015 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 the frontrunners 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.

Voting begins March 16, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, may take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Voting ends March 23. Fans may vote through the fan voting site sponsored by Wendy’s, woodenawardvote.com. 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 and will be the focus of a 30-minute show on ESPNU on Monday, March 30th (8pm EDT) that will announce the Wooden All-American team and the five finalists for the Wooden Award. The women’s ballot will be released next week.


The 39th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor and reveal 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 2015 will go to San Diego State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Fisher. This announcement of the winners will be televised live on ESPN2 from Club Nokia in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. on Friday April 10 as part of the first ever College Basketball Awards Show Presented by Wendy’s.

The ACC leads the conference tally with four of the 15 players, followed by the Big 12, Big Ten, Missouri Valley, SEC and WCC with two selections each, and the Pac-12 with one.  No school had two players on the ballot. Three players were chosen to the ballot who were not on the Late Season Top 20 list or Midseason Top 25: Malcolm Brogdon, who averages 13.6 points for ACC regular season champion Virginia; Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse (17.6 ppg/9.0 rpg); and Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

Other players of note statistically (through March 4) who made the ballot include BYU’s Tyler Haws, the nation’s No. 3 scorer at 21.9 ppg; and Jahlil Okafor of Duke, who is No. 2 nationally in FG% (66.5).


About the John R. Wooden Award

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  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). Creighton’s Doug McDermott won the 2014 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 going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward or twitter feed @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.

 

John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's

2014-15 National Ballot 

 

Name

School

Conference

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.

Ron Baker

Wichita State

Missouri Valley 6-4 JR G

Malcolm Brogdon

Virginia

ACC 6-5 JR G

Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky

SEC

7-0

JR

F

Rakeem Christmas

Syracuse

ACC

6-9

SR

F

Jerian Grant

Notre Dame

ACC

6-5

SR

G

Tyler Haws

BYU

WCC

6-5

SR

G

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

Big 12

6-4

JR

G

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin

Big Ten

7-0

SR

F

Georges Niang

Iowa State

Big 12

6-8

JR

F

Jahlil Okafor

Duke

ACC

6-11

FR

C

Bobby Portis

Arkansas

SEC

6-11

SO

F

D'Angelo Russell

Ohio State

Big Ten

6-5

FR

G

Seth Tuttle

Northern Iowa

Missouri Valley

6-8

SR

F

Kyle Wiltjer

Gonzaga

WCC

6-10

JR

F

Delon Wright

Utah

Pac-12

6-5

SR

G

 

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  • commented 2015-04-02 09:41:24 -0700
    WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN
  • commented 2015-04-01 16:25:15 -0700
    Where are the STATS? Several Do Not Average Double Double Stats Like Some That Got Overlooked
  • commented 2015-04-01 13:30:22 -0700
    Either Willie Cauley-Stein or Frank Kaminsky. My vote is for Frank.
  • commented 2015-03-30 22:34:30 -0700
    Frank
  • commented 2015-03-30 18:15:54 -0700
    Willie cauley stein rest of those chumps dont even have the talent cauley stein has in his pinkey yoe
  • commented 2015-03-30 18:11:49 -0700
    Montrezl Harrell? #L1C4
  • commented 2015-03-30 18:10:17 -0700
    Willie cauley stein hands down. Nobody else even comes close
  • commented 2015-03-30 17:41:42 -0700
    Jahil Okafor by far or tyus jones duke is winning it all but how do I vote?
  • commented 2015-03-30 17:24:45 -0700
    Deangelo Russell by far #gobucks
  • commented 2015-03-27 12:28:09 -0700
    Kris Dunn is more deserving than anyone on this list
  • commented 2015-03-27 09:04:00 -0700
    Bobby Portis has led his team a long way and is the sec player of the year for a reason no uk players where.
  • commented 2015-03-27 04:31:50 -0700
    Willie Cauley Stein, hands down!
  • commented 2015-03-25 22:30:25 -0700
    jahlil okafor
  • commented 2015-03-25 18:49:44 -0700
    Bobby Portis is the man
  • commented 2015-03-25 14:56:44 -0700
    And the Winner is…… Frank The Tank!
  • commented 2015-03-25 05:57:09 -0700
    GO ZAGS! What a great team!
  • commented 2015-03-24 22:38:49 -0700
    Yes!! Go wiltjer
  • commented 2015-03-24 15:27:18 -0700
    Kyle Wiltjer deserves this award. He made 45 points in one game. He and Kevin Pangos are super!
  • commented 2015-03-23 20:26:04 -0700
    Jahlil okafur is the best big man in college basketball and plays in the best conference deserves this more than anyone with a close second to frank kaminsky and then I’d go with deangelo russell
  • commented 2015-03-23 04:23:55 -0700
    He is the greatest one, The Willie Dunk, I love it. Go Big Blue. Willie Cauley Stein
  • commented 2015-03-19 17:59:31 -0700
    Willie Cauley Stein is only good because of all the mcdonald all americans on the team… outside of that he is just an average bb
  • commented 2015-03-19 17:54:04 -0700
    I really think it is between 2 guys and that is okafor and Frank “the tank”… I would have to give it to Frank he was just a little better than Okafor…
  • commented 2015-03-19 16:21:16 -0700
    Willie Cauley Stein ..Go Big Blue..
  • commented 2015-03-16 17:53:19 -0700
    He’s so good they gave him three names willie cauley stein
  • commented 2015-03-15 17:12:50 -0700
    Its a twm man race Frank the Tank and okafor… They are clearly the only two here that dominate at both ends of court and I personally as a Badger fan think Franky K is the best player and has best skills in country. okafor will be first pick but that’s not this award.
  • commented 2015-03-15 16:47:05 -0700
    Delon Wright all the way go UTAH ITES
  • commented 2015-03-15 15:38:52 -0700
    Stunned to not see Senior Chasson Randle who has led Stanford to so many moments of glory 2011-2015), since his Freshman year (and he’s not only close to breaking all Stanford scoring records; he’s also a significant scholar/student as demonstrated by his winning the PAC 12 scholastic (3.3 GPA) award recently. I’m at a loss that he has not made this cut of the 15? He’s started all 4 years. What more must an athlete-student do? Averaged close to 20 pts; led Stanford to an NIT win in 2013! To the Sweet 16 in 2014 with a win over Kansas! Felt horrible about this…….not that he didn’t win perhaps but that he did not make this cut of 15 even more so!
  • commented 2015-03-15 15:09:02 -0700
    Willie Cauley-stein
  • commented 2015-03-15 12:57:46 -0700
    Bobby Port is has done more for his team
  • commented 2015-03-15 10:58:42 -0700
    Willie Cauley-Stein

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