Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Ballot as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN’s College GameDay. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are the eligible for the prestigious college basketball honor.
The Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard leads Kansas with a 16.8 scoring average, the best among Big 12 freshmen and seventh overall in the conference. Wiggins has made 37 shots from 3-point range this season and is the team leader with 36 steals. His 5.9 rebounding average is third on the team. A gifted shooter, Wiggins also ranks among the Big 12 leaders in field goal percentage (10th at 45.2) and free throw percentage (ninth at 76.5). He is a two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and was the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Jan. 28.
All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. 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.
The Wooden Award All-America Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament after voting by nearly 1,000 media members from March 12 through 24 and through the Fan Voting site sponsored by Wendy’s. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four weekend in North Texas.