LOS ANGELES -- Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Arkansas' Bobby Portis are among the Late Season Top 20 candidates for the 2015 John. R. Wooden Award. This is the first time, The Los Angeles Athletic Club has added a Late Season Top 20 in an effort to further narrow down the list of outstanding candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's.
All Late Season Top 20 players appeared on last month's Midseason Top 25; however, players not on this most recent list are still eligible for the ballot, which will consist of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voting begins at the end of the season, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, will take into account the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The women's Late Season Top 20 will be released at the end of this week.
The 39th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor and reveal the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2015 will go to San Diego State Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Fisher. The event will take place the weekend of April 10-12, 2015.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. 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). Creighton's Doug McDermott won the 2014 Wooden Award presented by Wendy's.
|Ron Baker||Wichita State||Missouri Valley||6-4||Jr.||G|
|Jerian Grant||Notre Dame||ACC||6-5||Sr.||G|
|Buddy Hield||Oklahoma||Big 12||6-4||Jr.||G|
|Frank Kaminsky||Wisconsin||Big Ten||7-0||Sr.||F|
|Georges Niang||Iowa State||Big 12||6-8||Jr.||F|
|D'Angelo Russell||Ohio State||Big Ten||6-5||Fr.||G|
|Juwan Staten||West Virginia||Big 12||6-1||Sr.||G|