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John R. Wooden Award

John R. Wooden Award
Awarded for the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players
Country United States
Presented by Los Angeles Athletic Club
First awarded 1977
Currently held by Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (male)
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut (female)
Official website Official site

The John R. Wooden Award (John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s) is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. The program consists of the men's and women's Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams.

The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden later taught and coached men's basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. His 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB (now NAIA) National Finalist.

The award, which was originally given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. Additionally, the Legends of Coaching Award was presented first in 1999. The 2015 presentation was broadcast on ESPN2 and the show was presented by Wendy's at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on Friday, April 10, 2015.


  • Selection process 1
    • Men's award 1.1
    • Women's award 1.2
  • The trophy 2
  • Player of the Year Award winners 3
  • Trademark dispute 4
  • High School Player of the Year Award 5
  • Legends of Coaching Award 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Selection process

Men's award

Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects approximately 20 candidates for Player of the Year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, and be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court.

The selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA basketball tournament. The voters consist of 1,000 sportswriters and sportscasters representing the 50 states.

The top ten vote-getters are selected to the All-American Team, and the results are announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The person who receives the most votes is named the Player of the Year, and the winner is announced following the NCAA championship game.

The Player of the Year is awarded a trophy consisting of five bronze figures. The player's school receives a duplicate trophy, as well as a scholarship grant. The other top four members of the All-American Team receive an All-American Team trophy, a jacket, and a scholarship grant which goes to their school. Each coach of the top five All-American Team members also receives a jacket. The All-American Team members ranked six through ten receive an All-American Team trophy and a jacket, but their schools do not receive a scholarship.

Women's award

The criteria for the women's Player of the Year award and All-American Team honors are similar to those for the men. For the women's award, the National Advisory Board consists of 12 members, and approximately 15 candidates are selected for the ballot. The voters are 250 sportswriters and sportscasters.

In contrast to the men's All-American Team, only five members are selected for the women's team. The Player of the Year receives a trophy, and her school receives a duplicate trophy and a scholarship grant.

The trophy

The trophy features five bronze figures, each depicting one of the five major skills that Wooden believed that "total" basketball player must exhibit: rebounding, passing, shooting, dribbling, and defense.

The concept for the trophy originated with Wooden Award Chairman, Richard "Duke" Llewellyn. Work began on the trophy in 1975, and sculptor Don Winton, who had sculpted many top sports awards, was given the task of designing the model of the trophy.

The figures are bronze plated and attached to a pentagonal base plate. The tallest figure is 10¼ inches high (26 cm). The trophy's base is 7½ inches high (19 cm), and is made from solid walnut. The total height of the trophy is 17 34 inches (45 cm), and it weighs 25 lb (11 kg).

Player of the Year Award winners

Frank Kaminsky, 2015 winner
Breanna Stewart, 2015 winner
Season Player School Position Class
1976–77 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson UCLA Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Ford, PhilPhil Ford North Carolina Point guard Senior
1978–79 Bird, LarryLarry Bird Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith Louisville Shooting guard Senior
1980–81 Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge BYU Shooting guard Senior
1981–82 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson (2) Virginia Center Senior
1983–84 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin St. John's Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
1985–86 Berry, WalterWalter Berry St. John's Power forward Senior
1986–87 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson Navy Center Senior
1987–88 Manning, DannyDanny Manning Kansas Power forward Senior
1988–89 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Simmons, LionelLionel Simmons La Salle Small forward Senior
1990–91 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson UNLV Power forward Senior
1991–92 Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1992–93 Cheaney, CalbertCalbert Cheaney Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Robinson, GlennGlenn Robinson Purdue Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Ed O'Bannon UCLA Small forward Senior
1995–96 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby Massachusetts Center Junior
1996–97 Duncan, TimTim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1997–98 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Brand, EltonElton Brand Duke Center Sophomore
1999–00 Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin Cincinnati Power forward Senior
2000–01 Battier, ShaneShane Battier Duke Small forward / Power forward Senior
2001–02 Williams, JayJay Williams Duke Point guard Junior
2002–03 Ford, T. J.T. J. Ford Texas Point guard Sophomore
2003–04 Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Point guard Senior
2004–05 Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut Utah Center Sophomore
2005–06 Redick, J. J.J. J. Redick Duke Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 Turner, EvanEvan Turner Ohio State Small forward Junior
2010–11 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette BYU Point guard Senior
2011–12 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2012–13 Burke, TreyTrey Burke Michigan Point guard Sophomore
2013–14 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott Creighton Small forward / Power forward Senior
2014–15 Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky Wisconsin Power forward Senior
Season Player School Position Class
2003–04 Beard, AlanaAlana Beard Duke Guard Senior
2004–05 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus LSU Guard Junior
2005–06 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus (2) LSU Guard Senior
2006–07 Parker, CandaceCandace Parker Tennessee Center Junior
2007–08 Parker, CandaceCandace Parker (2) Tennessee Center Senior
2008–09 Moore, MayaMaya Moore Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2009–10 Charles, TinaTina Charles Connecticut Center Senior
2010–11 Moore, MayaMaya Moore (2) Connecticut Forward Senior
2011–12 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner Baylor Center Junior
2012–13 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner (2) Baylor Center Senior
2013–14 Ogwumike, ChineyChiney Ogwumike Stanford Forward Senior
2014–15 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart Connecticut Forward Junior

Trademark dispute

The Wooden family announced in August 2005 that he would no longer participate because of a trademark dispute concerning the use of his name.[1][2] However, he never contested the use of his name prior to his death in 2010, and the award continues to bear his name. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the continuation of the award,” (Wooden) told The Associated Press at the time.[3] In 2011 the Wooden Family began participation. Coach John Wooden’s son, Jim, presented the Wooden Award to Brigham Young senior Jimmer Fredette.[4] In 2012 John Wooden’s grandson, Greg, on behalf of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, presented the Wooden Award to University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. Greg Wooden made the announcement on ESPN College GameDay.[5]

High School Player of the Year Award

The John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awards are given to the most valuable player in each of the five divisions of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section, and one Los Angeles City division.

Legends of Coaching Award

The Legends of Coaching Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers a coach's character, success rate on the court, graduating rate of student athletes, his or her coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.

Dean Smith's Legends of Coaching Award.
Pat Summitt was the first female coach selected.
Mike Montgomery won the award while still at Stanford.
Jim Calhoun of Connecticut received the award in 2005.
Season Coach School
1998–99 Smith, DeanDean Smith North Carolina
1999–00 Krzyzewski, MikeMike Krzyzewski Duke
2000–01 Olson, LuteLute Olson Arizona
2001–02 Crum, DennyDenny Crum Louisville
2002–03 Williams, RoyRoy Williams Kansas
2003–04 Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery Stanford
2004–05 Calhoun, JimJim Calhoun Connecticut
2005–06 Boeheim, JimJim Boeheim Syracuse
2006–07 Keady, GeneGene Keady Purdue
2007–08 Summitt, PatPat Summitt Tennessee
2008–09 Barnes, RickRick Barnes Texas
2009–10 Donovan, BillyBilly Donovan Florida
2010–11 Izzo, TomTom Izzo Michigan State
2011–12 Auriemma, GenoGeno Auriemma Connecticut
2012–13 Self, BillBill Self Kansas
2013–14 VanDerveer, TaraTara VanDerveer Stanford
2014–15 Fisher, SteveSteve Fisher San Diego State

See also


  1. ^ "Hansbrough wins Wooden Award". Associated Press. April 12, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Wooden withdraws support for Wooden Award". Associated Press. August 31, 2005. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wooden withdraws support for Wooden Award – Club unhappy coach allowed his name on another award". August 27, 2005. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ "36th John R. Wooden Award Presented To Anthony Davis Of Kentucky". 

External links

  • Live stream of the Awards presentation
  • Official website of the John R. Wooden Award
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