DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award Saturday and will be one of 15 student-athletes who will appear on the national player of the year award ballot.
Parker, a 6-8, 235-pound forward, ranks second in the ACC with 18.8 points per game, leads the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game and 13 double-doubles and ranks third with a .484 field goal percentage. He leads Duke in both points and rebounds per game and is attempting to become the first freshman in Duke basketball history to lead the team in both categories.
Parker is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy as well as the Wayman Tisdale Award, which goes to the top freshman in college basketball. The Chicago, Ill., native has led Duke to a 23-7 record overall and a 12-5 mark in conference play while on pace to set Duke freshman records for points per game and double-doubles.
The Wooden Award was created in 1976 and is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Duke has had five winners of the award, including Christian Laettner (1992), Elton Brand (1999), Shane Battier (2001), Jason Williams (2002) and J.J. Redick (2006). Other winners of the award include Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984), Tim Duncan (1997) and Kevin Durant (2009).
Parker is one of three ACC players on this year’s ballot, joining Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair. The ACC’s three selections tied The American Conference for the most from any league. Parker is also one of four freshmen on the list, joining Ennis, Julius Randle (Kentucky) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).
2013-14 Wooden Award Finalists
|Cleanthony Early||6-8||Sr.||F||Wichita State||Missouri Valley|
|Gary Harris||6-4||So.||G||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Sean Kilpatrick||6-4||Sr.||G||Cincinnati||The American|
|Doug McDermott*#||6-8||Sr.||F||Creighton||Big East|
|Shabazz Napier||6-1||Sr.||G||Connecticut||The American|
|Russ Smith||6-0||Sr.||G||Louisville||The American|
|Nik Stauskas||6-6||So.||G||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Andrew Wiggins||6-8||Fr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|