Banchero nominated in national ballot for Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES- Freshman Duke Paolo Banchero was nominated in the National Men’s Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN College GameDay on Saturday.

Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the national ballot consists of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as a college basketball player. the most remarkable in the United States.

Banchero is the only ACC player on the national ballot and is one of three freshmen, joining Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren.

The Seattle, Wash. native currently ranks second among true power conference freshmen in scoring (17.1), is second in rebounding (7.7) and first in field goal percentage (.463). He recorded eight double-doubles, including four in six games from January 18 to February 18. 5, and has 12 games of 20+ points. The six-time ACC Freshman of the Week finished the regular season fifth in the league in points (17.4) and second in rebounds (8.0) in conference play only.

The next round of voting for the Wooden Award will take place March 14-21, with nearly 1,000 voters selecting 10 finalists to be announced March 30. Voters consider a player’s entire playing season, as well as early rounds. of the NCAA Tournament.

The award has been presented to a Duke men’s basketball player six times in its 45-year history – the most of any program nationally. The Blue Devils’ most recent winner was Zion Williamson in 2019.

Duke’s John R. Wooden Award Winners
Christian Laettner – 1992 – Senior
Mark Elton – 1999 – Second year
Shane Battier – 2001 – Senior
Jason Williams – 2002 – Junior
JJ Redick – 2006 – Senior
Zion Williamson – 2019 – Freshman


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