Coaches, Hall of Famers, and the stars of college basketball descended on Los Angeles this past week for one last celebration at the the College Basketball Awards before putting the 2015-16 season to rest. In total, the winners of eight prestigious end-of-season awards were honored.
The College Basketball Awards – in coordination with the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – included the exclusive presentation of the John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year, as well as the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, and four positional honors created and managed by the Basketball Hall of Fame: Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
The show also highlighted the previously announced 2016 Wooden Legends of Coaching Award to Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith. He is one of two coaches (Lon Kruger) to lead five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
Listed below are the winners:
• Oklahoma’s sharp-shooting Buddy Hield earned both the John R. Wooden Men’s Player of the Year Award and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He led Division I in most 3-point field goals made (147) this year and was second in the nation in scoring (25.0 points per game).
• Breanna Stewart, a senior with UConn’s who amassed an unprecedented four consecutive national titles and four Final Four Most Outstanding Player designations, claimed the John R. Wooden Women’s Player of the Year Award for the second straight year.
• Kentucky’s sophomore sensation Tyler Ulis was named the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year in a season where he set a school record for assists average (7.0) in a single season.
• Denzel Valentine received the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. He had a season-leading 20 games with at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists and led the Big Ten in double-double performances (12).
• Iowa State’s Georges Niang took home the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award for a season that saw him average 20.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
• Pac-12 Player of the Year, Jakob Poeltl of Utah, claimed the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services