The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s, the preeminent men’s collegiate basketball player of the year honor, was awarded today in Fort Worth, Texas, on ESPN’s SportsCenter by Coach John Wooden’s grandson, Greg Wooden, on behalf of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, to Creighton University senior forward Doug McDermott. McDermott is a three-time Wooden All American and the No. 5 scorer in NCAA history. Greg Wooden presented McDermott with the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.” A voting base of nearly 1,000 college basketball experts throughout the nation ranked players from 10 to 1, and fans voted through the Fan Voting site woodenawardvote.com. Voters could consider performance during the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Top 5 vote-getters (Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, McDermott, Duke’s Jabari Parker, and Louisville’s Russ Smith) have been invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 11. McDermott received 3,930 points, outdistancing Duke’s Parker, who had 2,569 points. Rounding out the top 10 in order were Smith of Louisville (2,228), Early of Wichita State (1,907), Arizona’s Johnson (1,758), Shabazz Napier of Connecticut (1,615), Andrew Wiggins of Kansas (1,555), Michigan’s Nik Stauskas (1,283), Florida’s Casey Prather (1,037) and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati (987). All of the top 10 vote-getters earned Wooden All American status for 2014. McDermott is the first winner from the Big East Conference since Walter Berry of St. John’s won the Wooden Award in 1986. Three Big East players have won the Award (from schools in the league at the time): McDermott, Berry, and Chris Mullin of St. John’s in 1985. McDermott is the first three-time All American on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09) and the first Wooden Award winner from Creighton University. McDermott is the nation’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game, and his 3,150 career points puts him No. 5 on the NCAA all-time scoring list. McDermott’s story is well-known; he came back for his senior year to play for his father at Creighton, even surrendering his athletic scholarship to do so. He shot 52.6% from the field and 44.9% from three-point range, showcasing his ability to be both an inside and outside presence. He led the Bluejays to the last three NCAA Tournaments and finished third in the voting in 2013. The John R. Wooden Award is the 11th different organization to honor McDermott as its National Player of the Year this season, joining the Associated Press, USBWA, CBSSports.com, Sporting News, USA Today, NBCSports.com, BleacherReport.com, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale. McDermott also won the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday, which takes into account his work on the court and in the classroom and community.
Doug McDermott Named Winner of Wooden Award as Nation's Best Player
GoCreighton.com | Apr 5