Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky, Okafor among Wooden Award finalists
LOS ANGELES (AP) Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.
The trio, who are all participating in this week's Final Four, along with Jerian Grant of Notre Dame and D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State have been invited to Los Angeles, where the winner will be announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 10.
The other finalists announced Monday are Ron Baker of Wichita State, Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa, Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga and Delon Wright of Utah.
They were selected by a panel of nearly 1,000 national college basketball media and the award's former winners. Voting was from March 16-23 and included the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
The finalists for the women's Wooden Award are Nina Davis of Baylor, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina, and Connecticut teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, who finished third in last year's voting.
The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented to Steve Fisher of San Diego State on the same night.