Redick among finalists for Wooden Award
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams
were among five finalists named for the 30th annual John Wooden Award.
Other finalists for the honor are Villanova’s Randy Foye, Gonzaga’s Adam
Morrison and Washington’s Brandon Roy.
“All of these finalists deserve to be recognized for their extraordinary level
of play throughout the season,” said Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, founder and
chairman of the Wooden Award. “We look forward to crowning one of these five
outstanding players the 2006 Wooden Award winner.”
Foye was named Big East Player of the Year while leading the team in points
(20.1 ppg). Morrison was the nation’s top scorer (28.4 ppg), while Redick
finished second in the nation in scoring (27.4 ppg). Roy’s 19.9 points and 4.1
assists per game helped Washington to an appearance in the Sweet 16. Williams
averaged 18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The Wooden Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate basketball player
in the United States. In addition to on-court performance, voters are supposed
to base their selections on each candidate’s character and academic
performance, essential components of an outstanding player in the eyes of John
Wooden, the legendary hoops coach at UCLA and the Award’s namesake.
Utah center Andrew Bogut was named the 2005 winner of the Wooden Award.
Previous winners include Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984) and Tim