UW's Jon Brockman is Wooden Award Candidate
Oct. 25, 2007
LOS ANGELES - University of Washington junior Jon Brockman was selected as one of 50 players on the preseason list of candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.
A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
The list is composed of student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 50 candidates are all returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason top 30 list and the final National Ballot. Players not on the preseason list are eligible for the midseason top 30 and ballot.
'The committee had a tough time deciding on just 50 candidates, with so many returning talented players across the country,' said Duke Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman. 'Our team at the John R. Wooden Awaard is excited to see the best players in the nation compete against each other all season, as they vie to be named college basketball's player of the year.'
Brockman is one of 10 players who are Wooden Award candidates for the second straight season. Washington had a nominee during each of the last four years, including 2006 Wooden Award finalist Brandon Roy and 2005 candidate Nate Robinson.
A 6-foot-7 forward, Brockman led all Pac-10 players with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. He also topped the conference in double-doubles with 15 during the 2006-07 campaign.
A first-team All-Pac-10 team member in 2007, Brockman ranked second on the team and 12th in the conference with 14.2 points per game. His 55.0-percent field goal accuracy was the third-highest figure in the Pac-10.
Brockman is one of four returning starters from the 2007 UW team that registered a 19-13 record.
'It feels great any time your name is included with so many other great players,' exclaimed Brockman, who reveres the award's namesake, John Wooden. 'I got to meet him and get to know him through Coach (Lorenzo) Romar. He's a role model for everyone. He's definitely a huge role model for me.'
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 a university who has proven to his school that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979) and Tim Duncan (1997).
Last year, current Seattle Sonic and former Texas Longhorn Kevin Durant became the first freshman to win the award.
Brockman is one of 10 Pac-10 players on the Wooden Award list, more than any other conference. Other nominees from the Pac-10 include Darren Collison and Josh Shipp of UCLA, Arizona's Chase Budinger, USC's Taj Gibson, Oregon's Malik Hairston, California's Ryan Anderson and Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph along with Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver from Washington State.
Sixteen NCAA conferences are represented, including the Pac-10 (10 players), Big East (8), ACC (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), Big Ten (2), Sun Belt (2), WAC (2), Conference USA (1), Southern (1), Horizon League (1), Colonial (1), Big South (1), West Coast (1) and Metro Atlantic (1).
In January, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason top 30 list followed by the national ballot in early March. On Tuesday, April 2, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced.
The 2007 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Pat Summitt of Tennessee, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-13, 2008.
The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.
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 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 cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984), Tim Duncan (1997) and Kevin Durant (2007).
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients as well as sent over 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the awards name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-American selections, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the Friday prior to the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please visit WoodenAward.com