Juzang Named to Wooden Award's National Ballot
LOS ANGELES – UCLA junior guard Johnny Juzang has been selected to the 15-person national ballot for the 2022 John R. Wooden Award, presented each season to the country's top men's and women's college basketball players by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Named after former UCLA head coach John Wooden, the national college basketball award is presented at the conclusion of each season. Coach Wooden guided UCLA's program to 10 NCAA titles in a 12-year span, concluding in 1974-75 (his 27th year as the Bruins' head basketball coach).
Juzang heads into UCLA's final game of the regular season (against USC on Saturday, March 5) as the Pac-12 Conference's third-leading scorer. Juzang has averaged at team-best 17.0 points per game, shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from 3-point territory. He has averaged 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Juzang was recognized last week as one of five finalists for this season's Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has scored in double figures in 21 of 23 games played, having registered a season-high 28 points in UCLA's 63-58 victory at Utah on Thursday, Jan. 20.
All balloted players have been certified by their respective universities to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when this award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season
Voting for this season's Wooden Award will take place from March 14-21, with voters taking into consideration a player's entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the Wooden Award presented by Wendy's will be announced on March 30.
John R. Wooden Award National Ballot
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)
Paolo Banchero (Duke)
Kofi Cockburn (Illinois)
Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)
Collin Gillespie (Villanova)
Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
Jaden Ivey (Purdue)
Johnny Juzang (UCLA)
Walker Kessler (Auburn)
E.J. Liddell (Ohio State)
Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)
Keegan Murray (Iowa)
Jabari Smith (Auburn)
Drew Timme (Gonzaga)
Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky)