John R. Wooden Award reveals national ballot for 2022-23 basketball season
The John R. Wooden Award is one of the most prestigious honors available to players in college basketball. Given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s basketball players, the award revealed its full ballot for the men’s honor on Saturday.
Out of the B1G, Purdue’s Zach Edey and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis made the ballot as some of the best big men in the country. Iowa’s Kris Murray and Penn State’s Jalen Pickett are also featured.
Here is the full list:
- Armando Bacot, North Carolina
- Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
- Zach Edey, Purdue
- Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
- Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
- Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State
- Mike Miles Jr., TCU
- Kris Murray, Iowa
- Jalen Pickett, Penn State
- Marcus Sasser, Houston
- Drew Timme, Gonzaga
- Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
- Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona
- Jalen Wilson, Kansas
- Isaiah Wong, Miami (FL)
Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis is on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award. #iubb
Here’s the list: pic.twitter.com/s6Dy6NcLJD
— Jack Ankony (@ankony_jack) March 4, 2023
Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe is the reigning winner of the John R. Wooden Award. Should he win, he would be the first repeat recipient of the award since Virginia’s Ralph Sampson in 1982 and 1983.
B1G’s outlook for the award
Earlier in the year, Zach Edey may have been among the favorites for the award with top-10 rankings in points and rebounds for then-No. 1 Purdue. Trayce Jackson-Davis is also a solid candidate with top-10 marks in rebounds per game and blocks per game while averaging north of 20 points per game.
Other competitors for the award that play for some of the best teams in the country this season include Kansas’ Jalen Wilson, Arizona’s Azuolas Tubelis, Houston’s Marcus Sasser and UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr.