FIRSTLY I would like to thank this years winner. Let’s not kid ourselves, there is an overwhelming favourite to claim this years award and he is head and shoulders above the field. Which in turn makes my job easier. So thank you and congratulations to….
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Runner Up – Caleb Swanigan
THE season that Swanigan had can only be topped by his story of how he got to that point. An inspiration for thousands and thousands across the country he overcame obesity and bullying to become a force for Purdue this past season. Leading the nation in double doubles, while leading his team to regular season conference title and a Sweet Sixteen berth against #1 Kansas. All the while Swanigan has boosted his draft stock, placing himself in first round consideration.
Winner – Frank Mason III
SO far Mason has won four of the seven national player of the year awards. Expect him to add the Wooden Award to his trophy cabinet in the coming days. The Kansas Jayhawks senior has had a tumultuous and unforgettable college career in his four years at KU. From 5.5 points per game in his freshman season to 20.9 this year Mason has captivated the nation with his stellar play, in turn also increasing his chances of being drafted, much like Swanigan. The season he has taken on a significant leadership role with the Jayhawks and became the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and five assists a game in the regular season, The consensus All-American has been a favourite for the award for months and has showcased just how beneficial it can be for someone to stay in college all four years.
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HIS speech on senior night thanking the fans and the program was a highlight of the year in college basketball especially when he made special mention of his son. Mason’s rise through the college basketball ranks as mentioned above, shows that the one-and-done method adopted by many freshman who are ready for the NBA isn’t the right ploy for everyone and as a result Mason made this years Wooden award, really, a one man race. Congrats and thank you for making job a hell of a lot easier.
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