Pac-12 trio named to Wooden Award late season top 20
SAN FRANCISCO - OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne, UCLA’s Jordin Canada and WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum were included on the Top-20 John R. Wooden Award Late Season List, as announced today. The award recognizes outstanding student-athletes who are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor at roughly two-thirds of the way through the 2015-16 season. The list is chosen by a poll of national women’s college basketball media members and was announced on ESPNW.
Alleyne, a senior forward from Fontana, Calif., became the 10th player in NCAA history to record 2,000 points and 1,500 rebounds in a career. Alleyne is the national leader in double-doubles this season at 21, and averages 13.6 rebounds per game.The Conference’s all time leading rebounder has pulled 1,683 rebounds to date.
Canada, a sophomore guard from Los Angeles leads the Pac-12 in assists at 6.4 per game and ranks second in steals per game (2.6). The 12th-ranked Bruins are currently 11-3 in Pac-12 play. After not appearing on either the Preseason Top 30 or the Midseason Top 20 lists, Canada appears on the Late Season Top 20.
Plum, a junior guard from Poway, Calif., became the fastest player in Pac-12 history to reach 2,000 career points, doing so in 88 games. The junior averages 27.1 points per game, leading the Conference and ranking second nationally.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four. The John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s.
Created in 1976 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the John R. Wooden Award program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male player and female player who have proven to their respective universities that they are making progress toward graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.