Winners Named for John R. Wooden Award and Basketball Hall of Fame Awards at The College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s

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Winners Named for John R. Wooden Award and Basketball Hall of Fame Awards at The College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s

  • Villanova’s Jalen Brunson wins big
  • Two-time finalist A’ja Wilson of South Carolina claims women’s top honors

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.

With the ESPN College GameDay Built by State Farm crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams joined by reporter Molly McGrath, the celebratory special reviewed the season’s highlights, honored the legendary coach John R. Wooden in an entertaining ‘whiteboard animation’ feature, and enjoyed yet another visit to ABC’s General Hospital, this time by Oklahoma’s Trae Young and South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson along with Jay Williams.

The College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s – in coordination with the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – included the exclusive presentation of the John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s, John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s, as well as five honors created and managed by the Basketball Hall of Fame: Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Hall of Famers Abdul-Jabbar, Erving, Malone and West presented their named awards while Ann Meyers Drysdale reflected on the life of Coach Wooden. Chiney Ogwumike handed out the women’s Wooden Award. In addition, this year’s John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award recipient, Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright, took the stage after a touching introduction by his former player Randy Foye who, among other things, credited him with giving him the courage and support to overcome his fear of public speaking.

The winners:

  • Villanova’s Jalen Brunson added John R. Wooden Men’s Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year hardware to his NCAA Championship trophy earned earlier in the week.
  • South Carolina’s career scoring (2,389) and blocks (363) leader A’ja Wilson claimed the John R. Wooden Women’s Player of the Year Award.
  • Carsen Edwards of Purdue earned the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award for his late-season, Big Ten-best 21.9 points per game average and his season-long 45.8 field goal percentage.
  • Villanova’s Mikal Bridges received Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year honors for a season that saw him score 17.7 points per game with a 51.4 field goal percentage.
  • Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, took home the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award for a conference-leading 11.6 rebounds per game and the most double-doubles (24) in school history.
  • On his second try in two years, Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado claimed the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award in a season that saw him become the first player in an NCAA Tournament game to score 24 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists since assists became official in 1983-84.

College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s Winners

AWARD NOMINEES (Winners in bold)
John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year Deandre Ayton (Arizona)
Marvin Bagley III (Duke)
Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
Devonte’ Graham (Kansas)
Trae Young (Oklahoma)
John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year Asia Durr (Louisville)
Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon)
Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut)
Gabby Williams (Connecticut)
A’ja Wilson (South Carolina)
 

John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching

 

Jay Wright (Villanova)

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Joel Berry II (North Carolina)
Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
Jevon Carter (West Virginia)
DeVonte Graham (Kansas)
Trae Young (Oklahoma)
Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Grayson Allen (Duke)
Carsen Edwards (Purdue)
Marcus Foster (Creighton)
Kendrick Nunn (Oakland)
Jerome Robinson (Boston College)
Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State)
Trevon Bluiett (Xavier)
Miles Bridges (Michigan State)
Mikal Bridges (Villanova)
Kelan Martin (Butler)
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Deandre Ayton (Arizona)
Marvin Bagley III (Duke)
Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
Nick King (Middle Tennessee)
Luke Maye (North Carolina)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Angel Delgado (Seton Hall)
Isaac Haas (Purdue)
Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
Brandon McCoy (UNLV)
Thomas Welsh (UCLA)

 

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Keri Potts

Keri Potts joined ESPN in 2003 from the NCAA. During that time, she has worked on ESPN’s NFL and NBA properties, its ever-growing entertaiment division including ESPN Films and The ESPYs, and took on oversight of the College Sports publicity in 2010. A native New Yorker, she works out of ESPN’s Atlanta office.
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