We recently looked at the school records of the past John R. Wooden Award winners. As you might expect, the top players in the country usually plays on top-flight teams. Five of the 33 Wooden Award winners have played for national champions and twenty of the honorees won 30 or more games.
The winner also typically plays in one of the top conferences. The ACC has been the dominant conference with twelve past winners, including seven of the past thirteen winners. The Big 12 has four previous winner, including one when the conference was known as the Big 8.
The following is a look at the past John R. Wooden Award winners by conference.
Big 12 (one when known as the Big 8 )
Pac-10 (one when known as the Pac-8)
- Larry Johnson of UNLV won the award in 1991. The Running Rebels are now in the Mountain West.
# David Robinson of Navy won the award in 1987. The Midshipmen are now in the Patriot League.
% Kenyon Martin of Cincinnati won the award in 2000. The Bearcats are now in the Big East.
@ Darrell Griffith of Louisville won the award in 1980. The Cardinals are now in the Big East.
& Lionel Simmons of LaSalle won the award in 1991. The Explorers are now in the Atlantic-10.
^ Danny Ainge of BYU won the award in 1981. The Cougars are now in the Mountain West.