DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Jabari Parker was named to the 10-player John R. Wooden Award All-American Team as released today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club and announced on the ESPNU show “Katz Korner”. The Chicago native concluded the season averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while leading the ACC with 14 double-doubles.
The All American Team is made up of the 10 student-athletes who received the most votes, with voters ranking the balloted players from 1 to 10. All players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden. Voters could consider performance during the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Women’s All American team will be released Wednesday.
The 10 players were selected by a voting base of nearly 1,000 college basketball experts throughout the nation and by fans through the Fan Voting site woodenawardvote.com. The top five vote-getters have been invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 11 and were highlighted on the show. Joining Parker as a Wooden Award finalist were Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Louisville’s Russ Smith.
Rounding out the Wooden All-American Team were Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Casey Prather (Florida), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).
The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday, April 4 in Dallas, Texas. The 38th Annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the male and female Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The Gala will take place April 11, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
With the Wooden Award All-American Team citation, Parker becomes a consensus first team All-America selection. He is the 16th consensus first team All-America under head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke’s first since Nolan Smith in 2011. Parker has also been named first team All-America by the Associated Press, NABC, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and the USBWA.
Parker’s outstanding freshman season included several milestones including becoming just the fourth freshman in ACC history to lead the league in rebounding. He scored 20 or more points in a game 18 times for the second-best freshman mark in conference history and concluded the year with 670 points to become just the third player in ACC history to score 650 or more points as a freshman.
Duke closed the year with a 26-9 record, including a 13-5 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils went 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to extend their home win streak to 33 games and also knocked off four ranked opponents in 2013-14.
About the John R. 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 player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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