John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2019-20 Men's National Ballot



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2019-20 Men's National Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 7, 2020) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its 2020 Men’s 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 National Ballot consists of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.

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2019 Wooden Award All Americans Markus Howard (Marquette) and Cassius Winston (Michigan State) return to the National Ballot. Kansas leads all schools with two selections on the National Ballot (Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson). The Big 12, Big East, and Big Ten lead all conferences with three players on the ballot; followed by the ACC with two, and the A-10, Mountain West, Pac-12, and WCC with one selection apiece.

All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the Award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season.

Voting will take place from March 16th to March 23rd, and voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players and the finalists for the Wooden Award, which is widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be announced following the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show on April 1st on ESPNU at 6:30pm ET.

The 44th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s and women’s most outstanding college basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 10, 2020. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All American Team will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2020 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy will be presented to C. Vivian Stringer, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Rutgers.

 

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The

Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Zion Williamson of Duke.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

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John R. Wooden Award

Presented By Wendy’s

2019-20 Men’s National Ballot

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Udoka Azubuike

Kansas

Big 12

7-0

Sr.

C

Saddiq Bey

Villanova

Big East

6-8

So.

F

Jared Butler

Baylor

Big 12

6-3

So.

G

Anthony Cowan Jr.

Maryland

Big Ten

6-0

Sr.

G

Devon Dotson

Kansas

Big 12

6-2

So.

G

Malachi Flynn

San Diego State

Mountain West

6-1

Jr.

G

Luka Garza

Iowa

Big Ten

6-11

Jr.

C

Markus Howard*

Marquette

Big East

5-11

Sr.

G

Tre Jones

Duke

ACC

6-3

So.

G

Jordan Nwora

Louisville

ACC

6-7

Jr.

F

Filip Petrusev

Gonzaga

WCC

6-11

So.

F

Myles Powell

Seton Hall

Big East

6-2

Sr.

G

Payton Pritchard

Oregon

Pac-12

6-2

Sr.

G

Obi Toppin

Dayton

A-10

6-9

So.

F

Cassius Winston*

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-1

Sr.

G

 

*indicates player was selected as 2018-19 Wooden Award All American


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  • Steve Nutt
    commented 2020-04-01 05:34:05 -0700
    Obi Toppin is the obvious choice. He can do it all and his unselfish play made all of his team mates better!
  • arobertsn
    commented 2020-03-27 19:02:23 -0700
    LUKA GARZA!!!
  • Dolores Marshall
    commented 2020-03-26 15:03:41 -0700
    Myles Powell for the Wooden Award
  • Dolores Marshall
    commented 2020-03-26 15:03:41 -0700
    Myles Powell for the Wooden Award
  • John Orr
    commented 2020-03-17 10:47:41 -0700
    My only comment would be to hope the GPA is increased to 2.5
  • Earl Brown
    commented 2020-03-10 13:03:34 -0700
    MARCUS HOWARD
  • DavidJason Orr
    commented 2020-03-07 09:58:09 -0800
    Jalen Smith, F, MD should be first team all american.

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