LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Athletic Club has featured South Dakota State’s Mike Daum on its 2019 Men’s National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, presented by Wendy’s. The ballot, announced Saturday on ESPN College GameDay, consists of 15 student-athletes selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board.
Daum has led the Jackrabbit offense all season as the only player nationally to average over 25 points and 10 rebounds per game, at 25.6 and 11.7, respectively. A 51 percent shooter with 64 3-point field goals on the year, Daum has tallied 20 double-doubles on the year and last month joined the NCAA’s illustrious 3,000-point club. The Kimball, Nebraska native was included in the pre-, mid- and late-season watch lists.
All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the Award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season.
Voting will take place from March 18-25, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans may vote through a fan voting site, sponsored by Wendy’s, at www.woodenawardvote.com.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, and the five finalists for the Wooden Award, which is widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be announced following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show on April 3 on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The 43rd annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s and women’s most outstanding college basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 12, 2019. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All American Team will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2019 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy will be presented to Lon Kruger, head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma.
About the John R. Wooden Award
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 basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she meets or exceeds the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Kevin Durant (‘07), Candace Parker (‘07 & ‘08), Maya Moore (‘09 & ‘11), Chiney Ogwumike (‘14), and last year’s recipients, A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and Jalen Brunson of Villanova.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
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John R. Wooden Award
Presented by Wendy’s
2018-19 Men’s National Ballot
Name School (Conference) Class
RJ Barrett – Duke (ACC) Fr.
Brandon Clarke – Gonzaga (WCC) Jr.
Jarrett Culver – Texas Tech (Big 12) So.
Mike Daum – South Dakota St. (Summit) Sr.
Carsen Edwards – Purdue (Big Ten) Jr.
Rui Hachimura – Gonzaga (WCC) Jr.
Ethan Happ – Wisconsin (Big Ten) Sr.
Markus Howard – Marquette (Big East) Jr.
De’Andre Hunter – Virginia (ACC) So.
Dedric Lawson – Kansas (Big 12) Jr.
Ja Morant – Murray State (Ohio Valley) So.
PJ Washington – Kentucky (SEC) So.
Grant Williams – Tennessee (SEC) Jr.
Zion Williamson – Duke (ACC) Fr.
Cassius Winston – Michigan State (Big Ten) Jr.