The Big 12 leads all conferences with five players on the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Late Season Top 20, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), Trae Young (Oklahoma), Mohamed Bamba (Texas), Keenan Evans (Texas Tech) and Jevon Carter (West Virginia) are currently among the front-runners for the John R. Wooden Award and John R. Wooden All-America Team.
Players not appearing on this list are still eligible for the National Ballot, which will be announced in early March and will consist of 15 top players. Prior to being listed on the National Ballot, each player must be certified by their university to meet the qualifications for the Award, including: candidates must be a full-time student making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates should contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered based on their performance over the course of the entire season.
Players not listed on the National Ballot will no longer be eligible for the Wooden Award nor the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. Voting begins at the end of the season, and voters, consisting of 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, will take into account the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.