John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2021-22 Men's National Ballot



John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy's Announces 2021-22 Men's National Ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2022) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its 2022 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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Despite not previously appearing in the Wooden Watch this season, Walker Kessler of Auburn makes his debut on the National Ballot. Two schools have multiple players on the Wooden Award National Ballot, Auburn (Kessler and Jabari Smith) and Gonzaga (Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme).  The Big Ten leads all conferences with five selections, followed by the SEC with three, the Pac-12 and WCC with two each, and the ACC, Big East and Big 12 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 14th to March 21st, and voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the 2022 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s will be announced on March 30th.

 

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 Legends 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), Breanna Stewart (’15 and ’16) and last year’s recipients, Paige Bueckers of Connecticut and Luka Garza of Iowa.

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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Wooden Award

Presented by Wendy’s

2021-22 Men’s National Ballot

 

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Ochai Agbaji

Kansas

Big 12

6-5

Sr.

G

Paolo Banchero

Duke

ACC

6-10

Fr.

F

Kofi Cockburn*

Illinois

Big Ten

7-0

Jr.

C

Johnny Davis

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-5

Soph

G/F

Collin Gillespie

Villanova

Big East

6-3

Sr.

G

Chet Holmgren

Gonzaga

WCC

7-0

Fr.

C

Jaden Ivey

Purdue

Big Ten

6-4

Soph

G

Johnny Juzang

UCLA

Pac-12

6-7

Jr.

G

Walker Kessler

Auburn

SEC

7-1

Soph

F/C

E.J. Liddell

Ohio State

Big Ten

6-7

Jr.

F

Bennedict Mathurin

Arizona

Pac-12

6-6

Soph

G

Keegan Murray

Iowa

Big Ten

6-8

Soph

F

Jabari Smith

Auburn

SEC

6-10

Fr.

F

Drew Timme*

Gonzaga

WCC

6-10

Jr.

F

Oscar Tshiebwe

Kentucky

SEC

6-9

Jr.

F

 

* indicates player selected as 2021 Wooden Award All American

 

John R. Wooden Award, John R. Wooden Award All American Team, Wooden Award All American Team, Wooden Watch, Wooden Award and the player silhouettes are trademarks or registered trademarks of LAACO, Ltd.  Wendy’s is a registered trademark of Wendy’s International, LLC.  Used with permission.


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  • Shelley Hurley
    commented 2022-03-17 10:21:17 -0700
    Ochai Abaji
  • Joel Hennessee
    commented 2022-03-12 08:18:17 -0800
    It should be a runaway for Oscar Tshiebwe! I am going to go out on a limb and say he will receive 50Percent of the votes.
  • Davy Rasmussen
    commented 2022-03-11 14:09:09 -0800
    Ochai Should win other wise i will cry
  • Sylvia Davis
    commented 2022-03-07 11:40:16 -0800
    #VOTE!!!!!!!!!
    Ochai Agbaji
    Kansas
    Big 12
    6-5
    Sr.
    G
    Outstanding individual, respectful in every aspect of his life, and on top of that the BEST basketball player!
  • Chris Acker
    published this page in News & Media 2022-03-05 08:42:05 -0800

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