Onyenwere Named to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20
LOS ANGELES – Michaela Onyenwere has been named to the late season Top 20 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award™ Presented by Wendy's, the award announced Monday. The honor is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college basketball.
The 20 players were selected to the list by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their respective performances throughout the 2020-21 season thus far. The list was announced Monday afternoon on ESPNU.
Onyenwere earned a spot on the midseason Top 25 watch list and her impressive play has helped garner her a spot on the late season list. She ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (8.8 rpg), the only player in the Conference to rank in the top five in both categories. She notched a career-high 33 points in UCLA's win over then-No. 8 Oregon (Jan. 3), a performance that helped the Bruins snap the Ducks' 27-game winning streak. The senior has scored 201 points this season and has climbed to 14th place on the all-time UCLA Women's Basketball scoring list (1,654 pts).
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ mid, late season list, and the National Ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's following the NCAA Tournament in April.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed 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), Breanna Stewart ('15 and '16) and last year's recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Obi Toppin of Dayton.