John R. Wooden Award

List of John R. Wooden Award winners

Every year since 1977, The Los Angeles Athletic Club has presented the John R. Wooden Award to recognize the outstanding men’s college basketball player of the year. A National Advisory Board puts together a ballot of approximately 15 candidates for the award, all of which must be full-time students with a GPA of 2.00 or higher that have made outstanding contributions to team play and citizenship. The award is named after legendary Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, who won a record ten NCAA National Championships with UCLA.

A women’s award has been given each year since 2004. Also presented by the Committee since 1999 is The John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award, given to one coach each year and recognizing lifetime achievement.

Year Player School
1977 Marques Johnson UCLA
1978 Phil Ford North Carolina
1979 Larry Bird Indiana State
1980 Darrell Griffith Louisville
1981 Danny Ainge BYU
1982 Ralph Sampson Virginia
1983 Ralph Sampson (2) Virginia (2)
1984 Michael Jordan North Carolina (2)
1985 Chris Mullin St. John’s
1986 Walter Berry St. John’s (2)
1987 David Robinson Navy
1988 Danny Manning Kansas
1989 Sean Elliott Arizona
1990 Lionel Simmons La Salle
1991 Larry Johnson UNLV
1992 Christian Laettner Duke
1993 Calbert Cheaney Indiana
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue
1995 Ed O’Bannon UCLA (2)
1996 Marcus Camby UMass
1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest
1998 Antawn Jamison North Carolina (3)
1999 Elton Brand Duke (2)
2000 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati
2001 Shane Battier Duke (3)
2002 Jay Williams Duke (4)
2003 T. J. Ford Texas
2004 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph’s
2005 Andrew Bogut Utah
2006 JJ Redick Duke (5)
2007 Kevin Durant Texas (2)
2008 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina (4)
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma
2010 Evan Turner Ohio State
2011 Jimmer Fredette BYU (2)
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky
2013 Trey Burke Michigan
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton
2015 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma (2)
2017 Frank Mason III Kansas (2)
2018 Jalen Brunson Villanova
2019 Zion Williamson Duke (6)
2020 Obi Toppin Dayton
2021 Luka Garza Iowa
2022 Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky (2)
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