MBK | Landale Named to Wooden Award National Ballot
Jock Landale is among 15 candidates vying for this year's Wooden Award and All-American Team honors.
LOS ANGELES — Gaels’ center Jock Landale has been named to the John R. Wooden National Ballot today, which features 15 of the country’s best men’s college basketball players. The Wooden Award National Advising Board will then choose 10 of the candidates for the Wooden All-American Team and a finalist for the coveted Wooden Award, considered as one of the most prestigious honors in college basketball.
Landale has seven 30-point games this season and is ninth in the NCAA with 17 double-doubles. The Aussie led the conference in points (21.5), rebounds (10.2), field-goal percentage (64.2), defensive rebounds (7.5) and double-doubles (17). Landale is the only center to be named to this year’s Wooden Award National Ballot.
Saint Mary’s is 27-4 this season with Landale guiding the offense and the team is only three victories away from breaking the all-time school record for wins in a season (29).
On the Wooden Award National Ballot, Villanova is the only university with two players (Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson). The Big 12 leads all conferences with five players on the National Ballot, followed by the Big East and Big Ten with three selections each, the ACC with two and the Pac-12 and WCC with one selection apiece.
Voting will take place from March 12th to March 19th, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans may vote through the fan voting site, sponsored by Wendy’s, at www.woodenawardvote.com.
The Wooden Award All American Team and the finalists for the Wooden Award will be announced following the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show March 28th on ESPNU at 8pm ET.
2017-18 Men’s National Ballot
ABOUT THE WOODEN AWARD
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 & ’08), Maya Moore (’09 & ’11), and last year’s recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
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