2019 Winners

Zion Williamson

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Zion Williamson recorded his 14th double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while adding three blocks and three steals in the Elite Eight versus Michigan State. Williamson scored 20+ points in each of Duke’s seven postseason games this season, the most in a single postseason in history by a Duke freshman, and tied for the second most all-time.  Johnny Dawkins had eight 20-point games in 1986, while Shane Battier had seven in 2001 en route to the Wooden Award honor. Williamson’s 26.4 points per game in the postseason stand as Duke’s highest for a single postseason, surpassing Jeff Mullins 24.9 average in the 1964 postseason. Williamson totaled 104 points in Duke’s four NCAA Tournament games -- his 26.0-point average being Duke’s third highest in a single NCAA Tournament behind Mullins (29.0) in 1964 and Bobby Hurley (28.5) in 1993. Williamson and classmate RJ Barrett each finished the season averaging 22.6 points per game, becoming the first freshman teammates in NCAA history to each average 20+ points for a season. Williamson reached 700 points in 32 games -- tied for the third-fastest Blue Devil in history to score 700 behind 2006 Wooden Award winner  J.J. Redick (25) in 2006, Barrett (31) this season and Redick (32) in 2005. Williamson joins Art Heyman and Dick Groat as the only three players in Duke history to score 20 plus points in their first six postseason games. The Salisbury, South Carolina native is the son of mother Sharonda Williamson and stepfather Lee Anderson and also has a brother, Noah.

 


Sabrina Ionescu

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Sabrina Ionescu broke the NCAA all-time (men’s and women’s) triple-double record with the 13th of her career on December 20, 2018 against Air Force with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. Snapped the UO single-game assists record with 17 dimes on Dec. 2, 2018 against Long Beach State. She broke the previous record of 14 - which she had matched twice previously - midway through the third quarter of a 110-48 win over the 49ers. She matched her own Pac-12 Tournament single-game record with 13 assists against Arizona on March 8. In addition to being named a 2019 Wooden Award All American, Ionescu’s accolades for the 2018-19 season include: Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac-12, ESPNW first team All-American, Wade Trophy Watch List, Nancy Liberman Award finalist, Dawn Staley Award finalist, and Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. She is the player in Pac-12 history to claim back-to-back player of the year honors. She is the first player from Oregon to achieve the feat. She is the only player in the country averaging 15+ points, 7+ rebounds and 7+ assists. She holds the NCAA single season record for triple-doubles with 7 as well as the NCAA career record with 17 such games in her three-year career. She was invited to the USA Basketball senior team training camp in South Carolina on September 1, 2018 and represented the USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in the Philippines during the summer of 2018. A native of Walnut Creek, CA, Sabrina has a twin brother, Eddy, who plays basketball at City College of San Francisco.

 

 

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