THE ANGELS – The Los Angeles Athletics Club today announced the John R. Wooden Award through Wendy’s Late Season Top 20 Watch List on ESPNU. Selected by a poll of national basketball experts based on their performances during the 2021-’22 season so far, the list consists of 20 student-athletes who are forerunners of the sport’s most coveted honor.
Indiana junior / sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis was among the 20 student-athletes listed for the award. He averages 18.3 points (5th in B1G), 8.5 rebounds (4th), shoots 60.1% off the floor (2nd) and contributes 57 blocked shots (1st).
Center Grove’s All-American has been one of two players in the Big Ten since 1992, averaging at least 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in a single season. He joins Chris Webber (Michigan) on the exclusive list.
He is one of three players (Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren) named both the Late Season Top 20 Watchlist and the Naismith Men’s Defensive Player of the Year Watchlist, who was announced on January 27.
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven selections on the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, followed by the Pac-12 with three selections, the Big 12, SEC and WCC with two selections each, and the ACC, Big East, Mountain West, and Summit with one selection each.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2022 John R. Wooden Male Player of the Year Award presented by Wendy’s. Players who have not been selected on the late season list will still be eligible for the Wooden Award ™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank 10 of those 15 players in order when voting begins before the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to consider performance during early-round games.
The Wooden Award All American Team ™ will be announced this week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2022 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s after the NCAA Tournament in April.
About the John R. Wooden Award
The John R. Wooden Awards Program, created in 1976, presents the most coveted honors in college basketball with the recognition of 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. Honors have demonstrated 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 Management Committee, including making progress with the 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 receivers, Paige Bueckers of Connecticut and Luka Garza of Iowa.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly $ 1 million to the university’s 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 university basketball camps.
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Wooden Award 2021-2022 Late Season Top 20
Max Abrams, Jr., Oral Roberts
Ochai Agbaji, Sr., Kansas
James Akinjo, Sr., Baylor
Paolo Banchero, Fr., Duke
Kofi Cockburn *, jr., Illinois
Johnny Davis, So., Wisconsin
Zach Edey, So., Purdue
Collin Gillespie, Sr., Villanova
Chet Holmgren, Fr., Gonzaga
Jaden Ivey, So., Purdue
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jr., Indiana
Johnny Juzang, Jr., UCLA
EJ Liddell, Jr., Ohio State
Bennedict Mathurin, So., Arizona
Isaiah Mobley, Jr., USC
Keegan Murray, So., Iowa
David Roddy, Jr., Colorado State
Jabari Smith, Fr., Auburn
Drew Timme, Jr., Gonzaga
Oscar Tshiebwe, jr., Kentucky
* indicates player selected as 2021 Wooden Award All American