Onyenwere Named to Wooden Award National Ballot
Los Angeles – Michaela Onyenwere has been named to the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Saturday. The senior is one of 15 candidates for the award.
Onyenwere has put together an impressive 2020-21 campaign after being named a preseason AP All-American. She earned All-Pac-12 honors for the third-straight season and is currently third in the Conference in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). She has a pair of 30+ point performances, including a 30-point game against USC (Feb. 26) that saw her go a perfect 6-for-6 from long range. She has compiled 339 points this season and has moved into eighth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,812 points.
Onyenwere joins Haley Jones (Stanford), Kiana Williams (Stanford), and Aari McDonald (Arizona), as representatives of the Pac-12 on the national ballot. The Aurora, Colo., native is also one of six players on the current list to have been selected for the ballot last season.
Voting will take place from March 16th to March 23rd, and voters take into consideration a player's entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the 2021 Wooden Award presented by Wendy's will be announced on March 26th.
2020-21 Wooden Award National Ballot
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina*
Paige Bueckers, UConn
Carli Collier, Texas
Elissa Cunane, North Carolina State*
Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas
Dana Evans, Louisville*
Arella Guirantes, Rutgers
Naz Hillmon, Michigan
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky*
Haley Jones, Stanford
Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State
Aari McDonald, Arizona*
Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA*
NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
Kiana Williams, Stanford
*Indicates player selected as 2020 Wooden Award National Ballot