ESPN is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Athletic Guild, the John R. Wooden Laurels and the Naismith Memorial Basketball game Hall of Fame to highlight the best in college basketball during
The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s
on Friday, April 12, 2019 at The Novo by Microsoft located at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. During the live evidence televised on ESPN2, the Men’s and Women’s John R. Wooden Awards, Fable in Coaching Accolade and top position award winners will exist announced.
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College Basketball Awards Fan Jam
Prior to eight of college basketball’south about prestigious awards existence handed out during
The College Basketball Awards presented past Wendy’s
, the Fan Jam will once once more render to 50.A.Alive in downtown Los Angeles for a afternoon jam packed with entertainment and fan participation opportunities. Fans will have their risk to come across and go autographs from the John R. Wooden Honor Men’s and Women’due south finalists, as well as the position laurels winners. Trophies will be on display and Wendy’due south Frosty’s will exist a plenty.
This event is free and open to the public from 12:00-7:00 p.grand.
Schedule of Events:
Fan Jam Open to Public
Youth Game (Girls)
Youth Game (Boys)
Red Carpet Begins
High School Wooden Honour Winners
Fan Jam Close
About the Awards
John R. Wooden Honor
The Wooden Laurels was founded in 1976 and embodies the spirt and ideals that Jitney Wooden sought in his own players. The John R. Wooden Honour is presented to the near outstanding male and female college basketball players of the twelvemonth. For more information visit www.woodenaward.com.
- The Wooden Honor, presented annually to the outstanding collegiate basketball Histrion of the Twelvemonth, was founded in 1976.
- The Award’south blue ribbon National Informational Board selects the ballot of approximately 15 candidates for the Thespian of the Yr and All American Squad honors. These candidates must be total time students with a cumulative grade bespeak boilerplate of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career coupled with outstanding contributions to team play and citizenship are mandatory for selection. The candidates are announced prior to the NCAA Tournament and are listed on the ballot, which is sent to the Wooden Award voters.
- About i,000 voters select the Player of the Yr and All-American Team members each year. Voters are higher basketball game experts who collectively stand for each of the 50 states.
- The 10 human All American Team is appear presently after the “Final Four” is adamant. The five players who receive the near votes are invited to The Los Angeles Athletic Club after the NCAA championship game for the All American Team presentation and
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- The Actor of the Year is awarded the v-figured bronze trophy and a scholarship grant in his proper name is sent to his university.
Legends in Coaching Award
The Honour recognizes the lifetime accomplishment of coaches who exemplify Charabanc Wooden’southward loftier standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach’due south character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his coaching philosophy and his identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. In 2017, the laurels was given to Jay Wright of Villanova University. For more information visit world wide web.woodenaward.com.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Position Awards
Higher basketball’s finest in each position are recognized annually during The College Basketball game Awards presented by Wendy’s. Each position award is awarded under the namesake of 1 of the position’s legends. For more information on the Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame visit www.hoophall.com.
The Bob Cousy Award (Bespeak Guard of the Year) –
Jalen Brunson, Villanova University (2018)
The Karl Malone Award (Power Forward of the Year) –
Deandre Ayton, University of Arizona (2018)
The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Honor (Heart of the Yr) –
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall University (2018)
The Julius Erving Award Presented by Daltile (Small Forward of the Year) –
Mikal Bridges, Villanova University (2018)
The Jerry West Laurels (Shooting Guard of the Year) –
Carsen Edwards, Purdue Academy (2018)
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2018 Result History
2018 John R. Wooden Honor Winners – Jalen Brunson and A’ja Wilson
Inferior guard Jalen Brunson’s efficiency and basketball smarts accept divers his three seasons in a Wildcats uniform.
In 2017-xviii, Brunson stepped forward every bit one of the Wildcats leaders, averaging 19.ane points and iv.7 assists per game for a 32-4 unit of measurement that earned the BIG East Tournament title and advanced the NCAA Tournament for the second fourth dimension in his three seasons. His +2.7 help-to-turnover ratio ranked 2d in the Large East (168 assists, 62 turnovers) and he was the conference’southward choice as its Player of the Year.
The product of Lincolnshire, Sick., is the son of former Temple standout and nine yr NBA veteran and current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson and his wife Sandra.
In improver to existence a standout on the courtroom, Brunson excels in the classroom. The Communication major is a 2d Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and received the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He is on schedule to complete his caste requirements in the summer of 2018.
The first three-time SEC Player of the Year in the prestigious history of the league, South Carolina senior A’ja Wilson capped her decorated college career with her best statistical season. Even every bit opponents were locked onto stopping her with multiple defenders and every scheme imaginable, the active 6-foot-5 forward dominated games, ranking in the pinnacle 10 in the nation in double-doubles equally well as scoring, rebounding and blocked shot averages. She scored in double figures in all but one game this flavour, including 19 20-bespeak outings, to pb the SEC in scoring with 22.6 points per game. A multi-dimensional weapon, Wilson was the SEC co-Defensive Role player of the Yr for the second time in her career as she ranked among the nation’s best defensive rebounders with an SEC-all-time eight.5 per game to go along with her 3.3 blocks per game. Despite losing three top-ten WNBA Draft picks from last season’s national championship squad, the Gamecocks followed Wilson to a league-tape fourth-direct SEC Tournament championship and their fifth-straight NCAA Sweet 16.
2019 Legends of Coaching Winner – Lon Kruger
Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma Men’south Basketball game Coach, volition receive the John R. Wooden Honor®’s “Legends of Coaching™” honor in 2019. The “Legends of Coaching” accolade recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.
The “Legends of Coaching” award was adopted by the Wooden Award Steering Committee in 1999. The honorees are selected based on grapheme, success on the courtroom, graduation rate of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.
Coach Kruger has 32 years of head coaching experience, including vii years every bit the head coach of the University of Oklahoma. He is the first Division I autobus to have five dissimilar schools to the NCAA Tournament and the first to take four different programs to Sweet 16 or beyond. Kruger is the 33rd caput coach to win 600 Division I games and currently ranks tenth among active coaches. His collegiate teams take made postseason appearances in 22 of the last 29 years, including 17 NCAA Tournaments, 5 Sweet 16s, and two Final Fours. Coach Kruger has coached ii Wooden Award All Americans: Buddy Hield, who won the Wooden Award in 2016; and Trae Young in 2018.
While at Florida, Coach Kruger and his wife, Barbara, were honored with consecutive Customs Service Awards from the Gainesville Customs Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, and in 1995 he was named the Gainesville (Fla.) Volunteer of the Year. From 1991-93, the couple served every bit co-chairpersons of Alachua County’s Scarlet Ribbon Entrada, a week-long plan aimed at increasing awareness and promoting a drug-gratis environment for the community. Kruger was instrumental in starting the Coaches vs. Cancer’s Las Vegas Archetype, which has raised nearly $500,000 to do good research, education and handling programs for the Nevada Cancer Found and the American Cancer Society. In 2018, he was named the council chair of Coaches vs. Cancer.
2018 Legends of Coaching Winner – Jay Wright
Jay Wright, Villanova University Men’southward Basketball Coach, will receive the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” honor in 2018. Coach Wooden’s daughter Nan Wooden was proud to announce his choice at the Los Angeles Athletic Club’south annual Wooden Laurels Tip-Off Luncheon. The luncheon features the head coaches from the Partitioning I men’s basketball programs in Southern California. The “Legends of Coaching” laurels recognizes coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’due south high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.
The “Legends of Coaching” award was adopted by the Wooden Award Steering Committee in 1999. The honorees are selected based on grapheme, success on the court, graduation charge per unit of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Honor. Coach Wright volition be recognized during the Wooden Award Weekend April 5-7, 2018, every bit a part of the Los Angeles Able-bodied Social club’south celebration of the greatest players and coaches in college basketball. He will exist awarded the honor during the fourth Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards on April 6, 2018.
Coach Wright has 23 years of head coaching feel, including xvi years every bit the caput coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team. On February 11, 2017, he recorded his 500th career victory when the Wildcats defeated Xavier. He is a five-time winner of the Big Due east Conference Coach of the Twelvemonth honour. Wright has led Villanova to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the terminal 13 seasons. Over the past four seasons, Wright has led Villanova to 4 consecutive Large East regular flavour championships, a pair of Big Eastward Tournament titles, the 2016 NCAA Championship, 70 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Peak 25, and the most wins of whatever programme in the land.
In 2016-17, Villanova had 11 players named to the Big Eastward All-Bookish Team and received the Team Academic Excellence award. Every player that spent iv seasons with the Villanova men’south basketball program during Wright’south tenure has received a diploma. Three players have earned consensus first-team All-American honors in Wright’southward tenure at Villanova and four players accept been named to the Wooden Honour All American Team, most recently with 2018 winner Jalen Brunson.
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