LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Duke University fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is one of 15 student-athletes on the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, which was released Saturday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the 15 candidates for the Wooden Award All-America Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding women’s college basketball player in NCAA Division I.
On the season, Brown has averaged 20.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.5 steals for the Blue Devils. She has turned in one of the best individual seasons in school history with 106 steals, which is tied for the second most in a single season for Duke. The 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Brown owns 16 games with 20 or more points and was selected All-ACC First Team for the second straight year earlier this week.
Along with Brown on the list include Kalani Brown (Baylor), Jordin Canada (UCLA), Napheesa Collier (UConn), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Asia Durr (Louisville), Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Teaira McCowan (Miss. State), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn), Victoria Vivians (Miss. State), Gabby Williams (UConn) and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina).
All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the 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.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players and the finalists for the Wooden Award, widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, 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.
The 42nd annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s and women’s most outstanding college basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Friday, April 6, 2018. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2018 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy will be presented to Jay Wright, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Villanova.
Duke will next await the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m., to see where the Blue Devils will play in the postseason.