Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky wins John R. Wooden Award
The senior center received the trophy Friday night at the first College Basketball Awards from Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, where his name was announced by Greg Wooden, a grandson of the late UCLA coach. Earlier, Kaminsky won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year trophy.
Kaminsky led the Badgers to the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, and the NCAA Tournament championship game, where they lost to Duke after upsetting undefeated and No. 1 Kentucky in the semifinals.
He received 3,385 points in voting from nearly 1,000 national college basketball experts and online fan voting.
Jahlil Okafor of Duke finished second with 3,060 points. Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky was third at 2,361. Jerian Grant of Notre Dame finished fourth at 1,870, and D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State was fifth at 1,583.
Kaminsky averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks as a senior. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year, one of several player of the year awards he has collected.