THE time has come to eliminate another aspiring Wooden Award winner. The final six candidates for the Wooden Award have had another week to impress and now one must go. As the regular season winds down, there is clearly enough of a body of work to make our selections and decide who is this week weakest link.
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SAFE FOR ANOTHER WEEK
Lonzo Ball (UCLA) – Double double with 14 dimes against Washington State breaking Gary Payton’s Pac-12 freshmen assist record.
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) – 41 points and 24 rebounds in two wins over Indiana and a hot Northwestern to help Purdue claim the B1G Ten regular season crown.
Frank Mason (Kansas) – Dominated in the countries #1 team’s only game of the week with 27 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists.
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ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) – Shot over 60% in three wins, including 22 points and six steals in Gonzaga’s WCC tournament final over Saint Mary’s.
Malik Monk (Kentucky) – A forgettable finish to the regular season with just six points against Texas A&M in an overall meaningless game.
Josh Hart (Villanova) – Sewed up the Big East Player of the Year and closed out the regular season with 21 in the Wildcats W over the Hoyas.
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YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK…
TRANSFERRING from Washington to Gonzaga in the off-season last year was clearly a smart move for Williams-Goss. He was sick of losing and has only lost once this entire season with Gonzaga. What damages his Wooden Award stock though, is the fact that the 32-1 record came largely against inferior competition. When it get’s to this stage of elimination a good player is being eliminated every week and Williams-Goss likely has a future in the NBA should he decide to skip his senior year. That being said he is the 6th ranked player left on the list and therefore has been eliminated.
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