Congratulations to Doug McDermott for being named the winner of the Wooden Award. This marks the 11th National Player of the Year Award for McDermott but the Wooden Award is THE player of the year award. McDermott becomes the first Big East player to win this prestigious award since St. John’s Walter Berry did it in 1986 and is only the 3rd Big East player to ever win the award with Chris Mullin of St. John’s winning in 1985.
The announcement was made on ESPN’s SportsCenter by John Wooden’s grandson. The official awards gala will take place in Los Angeles on April 11th.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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