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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2018-19 Preseason Top 50 Watch List

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 6, 2018) – The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced its Preseason Top 50 Watch List today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and 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 most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2018-19 Women's Preseason Top 30 Watch List

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 6, 2018) - The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced the Women’s Preseason Top 30 Watch List on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPNW. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honors, the John R. Wooden Award All American Team® and Most Outstanding Player Award. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.

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Lon Kruger of Oklahoma Named 2019 John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Recipient

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 9, 2018) – Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball Coach, will receive the John R. Wooden Award®’s “Legends of Coaching™” honor in 2019. Coach Wooden’s grandson-in-law Craig Impleman was proud to announce his selection at the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s annual Wooden Award Tip-Off Luncheon. The luncheon features the head coaches from the Division I men’s basketball programs in Southern California. The “Legends of Coaching” honor recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.

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Winners of John R. Wooden Award Named at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s

College basketball’s top coaches and players past and present spent one last night honoring the season that was, tonight. The College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s televised live on ESPN2 from The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live saw eight prestigious, end-of-season awards presented to basketball’s very best during the 90-minute telecast.

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Bill Shumard Receives Inaugural Tommy Hawkins Game Changer Award

Bill Shumard, President of Special Olympics of Southern California, receives the inaugural Tommy Hawkins Game-Changer Award from the John R. Wooden Award steering committee. 

The John R. Wooden Award (JRWA & Wooden Award) steering committee honored Bill Shumard, President of Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC) as the inaugural recipient of the Tommy Hawkins Game-Changer Award.  

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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2017-18 Men's All American Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 28, 2018) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2018 John R. Wooden Award® Presented By Wendy’s® All American Team during a 30-minute show on ESPNU today (8 pm ET). The Wooden Award All American Team™ is made up of ten student athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The ten-player team, alphabetically, consists of: Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Mikal Bridges (Villanova), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Jevon Carter (West Virginia), Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), and Trae Young (Oklahoma). The five players who are invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award™ presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s are: Ayton, Bagley III, Brunson, Graham, and Young.

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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2017-18 Women's All American Team

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 28, 2018) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2018 John R. Wooden Award® Presented By Wendy’s® All American Team during a 30-minute show on ESPNU today (8 pm ET). The Wooden Award All American Team™ is made up of five student athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The five-player team, alphabetically, consists of: Asia Durr (Louisville), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut), Gabby Williams (Connecticut), and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina). All five players are invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award™ presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s®.

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John R. Wooden Award Names 2018 High School Players of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 28, 2018) –The Los Angeles Athletic Club today announced the twelve outstanding Southern California high school boys’ and girls’ basketball players who will be awarded the 2018 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award presented by Wells Fargo®.  The boys’ winners are: CIF Los Angeles City Section, Kaelen Allen, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets (Los Angeles); CIF Southern Section Division I, Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills High School (Chino Hills); CIF Southern Section Division II, Shareef O’Neal, Crossroads School (Santa Monica); CIF Southern Section Division III, Anthony Holland, Notre Dame High School (Riverside); CIF Southern Section Division IV, Chris Koon, Rolling Hills Preparatory High School (Torrance); CIF Southern Section Division V, Jordan Starr, Santa Clarita Christian School (Canyon Country).

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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2017-18 Men's National Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2018) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s today on ESPN College GameDay. 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 the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.

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John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2017-18 Women's National Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2018) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award® Presented by Wendy’s® today on ESPNU during the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. 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 the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding women’s college basketball player in the United States.

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