John R. Wooden Award

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John R. Wooden Award
Given forthe most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players
CountryUnited States
Presented byLos Angeles Athletic Club
First award1977
Most recentJalen Brunson, Villanova (male)
A'ja Wilson, South Carolina (female)
WebsiteOfficial site

The John R. Wooden Award (John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s) is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. The program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams.

The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden later taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. His 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB (now NAIA) National Finalist.

The award, which was originally given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999. The 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Selection process[edit]

Men's award[edit]

Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects approximately 20 candidates for Player of the Year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, and be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court.

The selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA basketball tournament. The voters consist of 1,000 sportswriters and sportscasters representing the 50 states.

The top ten vote-getters are selected to the All-American Team, and the results are announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The person who receives the most votes is named the Player of the Year, and the winner is announced following the NCAA championship game.

The Player of the Year is awarded a trophy consisting of five bronze figures. The player's school receives a duplicate trophy, as well as a scholarship grant. The other top four members of the All-American Team receive an All-American Team trophy, a jacket, and a scholarship grant which goes to their school. Each coach of the top five All-American Team members also receives a jacket. The All-American Team members ranked six through ten receive an All-American Team trophy and a jacket, but their schools do not receive a scholarship.

Women's award[edit]

The criteria for the women's Player of the Year award and All-American Team honors are similar to those for the men. For the women's award, the National Advisory Board consists of 12 members, and approximately 15 candidates are selected for the ballot. The voters are 250 sportswriters and sportscasters.

In contrast to the men's All-American Team, only five members are selected for the women's team. The Player of the Year receives a trophy, and her school receives a duplicate trophy and a scholarship grant.

The trophy[edit]

The trophy features five bronze figures, each depicting one of the five major skills that Wooden believed that "total" basketball player must exhibit: rebounding, passing, shooting, dribbling, and defense.

The concept for the trophy originated with Wooden Award Chairman, Richard "Duke" Llewellyn. Work began on the trophy in 1975, and sculptor Don Winton, who had sculpted many top sports awards, was given the task of designing the model of the trophy.

The figures are bronze plated and attached to a pentagonal base plate. The tallest figure is 10¼ inches high (26 cm). The trophy's base is 7½ inches high (19 cm), and is made from solid walnut. The total height of the trophy is 17 34 inches (45 cm), and it weighs 25 lb (11 kg).

Player of the Year Award winners[edit]

Marques Johnson, the first winner
Frank Kaminsky, 2015 winner
Breanna Stewart, 2015 and 2016 winner
Buddy Hield, 2016 winner
Season Player School Position Class
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA Forward Senior
1977–78 Phil Ford North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Darrell Griffith Louisville Shooting guard Senior
1980–81 Danny Ainge BYU Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Ralph Sampson[1] Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Ralph Sampson (2)[1] Virginia (2) Center Senior
1983–84 Michael Jordan North Carolina (2) Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Chris Mullin St. John's Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1985–86 Walter Berry St. John's (2) Power forward Senior
1986–87 David Robinson Navy Center Senior
1987–88 Danny Manning Kansas Power forward Senior
1988–89 Sean Elliott Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Lionel Simmons La Salle Small forward Senior
1990–91 Larry Johnson[2] UNLV Power forward Senior
1991–92 Christian Laettner[3] Duke Forward Senior
1992–93 Calbert Cheaney[4] Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Glenn Robinson[5] Purdue Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Ed O'Bannon[6] UCLA (2) Small forward Senior
1995–96 Marcus Camby[7] UMass Center Junior
1996–97 Tim Duncan [8] Wake Forest Center Senior
1997–98 Antawn Jamison[9] North Carolina (3) Power forward Junior
1998–99 Elton Brand[10] Duke (2) Center Sophomore
1999–00 Kenyon Martin[11] Cincinnati Power forward Senior
2000–01 Shane Battier[12] Duke (3) Small forward / Power forward Senior
2001–02 Jason Williams[13] Duke (4) Point guard Junior
2002–03 T. J. Ford[14] Texas Point guard Sophomore
2003–04 Jameer Nelson[15] Saint Joseph's Point guard Senior
2004–05 Andrew Bogut Utah Center Sophomore
2005–06 J. J. Redick[16] Duke (5) Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Kevin Durant[17] Texas (2) Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough[18] North Carolina (4) Power forward Junior
2008–09 Blake Griffin[19] Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Evan Turner[20] Ohio State Small forward Junior
2010–11 Jimmer Fredette[21] BYU (2) Point guard Senior
2011–12 Anthony Davis[22] Kentucky Center Freshman
2012–13 Trey Burke[23] Michigan Point guard Sophomore
2013–14 Doug McDermott[24] Creighton Small forward / Power forward Senior
2014–15 Frank Kaminsky[25] Wisconsin Power forward Senior
2015–16 Buddy Hield[26] Oklahoma (2) Shooting guard Senior
2016–17 Frank Mason III[27] Kansas (2) Point guard Senior
2017–18 Jalen Brunson Villanova Point guard Junior
Season Player School Position Class
2003–04 Alana Beard[28] Duke Guard Senior
2004–05 Seimone Augustus[1] LSU Guard Junior
2005–06 Seimone Augustus (2)[1] LSU Guard Senior
2006–07 Candace Parker[17] Tennessee Center Junior
2007–08 Candace Parker (2)[18] Tennessee Center Senior
2008–09 Maya Moore[19] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2009–10 Tina Charles[20] Connecticut Center Senior
2010–11 Maya Moore (2)[21] Connecticut Forward Senior
2011–12 Brittney Griner[22] Baylor Center Junior
2012–13 Brittney Griner (2)[23] Baylor Center Senior
2013–14 Chiney Ogwumike[24] Stanford Forward Senior
2014–15 Breanna Stewart[25] Connecticut Forward Junior
2015–16 Breanna Stewart (2)[26] Connecticut Forward Senior
2016–17 Kelsey Plum[27] Washington Point guard Senior
2017–18 A'ja Wilson South Carolina Forward Senior

Trademark dispute[edit]

The Wooden family announced in August 2005 that he would no longer participate because of a trademark dispute concerning the use of his name.[29][30] However, he never contested the use of his name prior to his death in 2010, and the award continues to bear his name. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the continuation of the award,” (Wooden) told The Associated Press at the time.[31] In 2011 the Wooden Family began participation. Coach John Wooden’s son, Jim, presented the Wooden Award to Brigham Young senior Jimmer Fredette.[32] In 2012 John Wooden’s grandson, Greg, on behalf of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, presented the Wooden Award to University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. Greg Wooden made the announcement on ESPN College GameDay.[33]

High School Player of the Year Award[edit]

The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awards are given to the most valuable player in each of the five divisions of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, and one Los Angeles City division.

Legends of Coaching Award[edit]

The Legends of Coaching Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach's character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his or her coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.

Dean Smith's Legends of Coaching Award.
Pat Summitt was the first female coach selected.
Mike Montgomery won the award while still at Stanford.
Jim Calhoun of Connecticut received the award in 2005.
Season Coach School
1998–99 Dean Smith[34] North Carolina
1999–00 Mike Krzyzewski[35] Duke
2000–01 Lute Olson[36] Arizona
2001–02 Denny Crum[37] Louisville
2002–03 Roy Williams[38] Kansas
2003–04 Mike Montgomery[28] Stanford
2004–05 Jim Calhoun[39] Connecticut
2005–06 Jim Boeheim[40] Syracuse
2006–07 Gene Keady[41] Purdue
2007–08 Pat Summitt[42] Tennessee
2008–09 Rick Barnes[43] Texas
2009–10 Billy Donovan[44] Florida
2010–11 Tom Izzo[45] Michigan State
2011–12 Geno Auriemma[46] Connecticut
2012–13 Bill Self[47] Kansas
2013–14 Tara VanDerveer [48] Stanford
2014–15 Steve Fisher[49] San Diego State
2015–16 Tubby Smith[50] Texas Tech
2016–17 Muffet McGraw[51] Notre Dame
2017–18 Jay Wright[52] Villanova
2018–19 Lon Kruger[53] Oklahoma

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