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John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s
2020-21 Preseason Top 30 

Name                                         

School                               Conference         Class           Position                                
Aliyah Boston South Carolina SEC So. F
Paige Bueckers Connecticut Big East Fr. G
Charli Collier Texas Big 12 Jr. F/C
Zia Cooke South Carolina SEC So. G
Elissa Cunane NC State ACC Jr. C
Rennia Davis Tennessee SEC Sr. G/F
Chelsea Dungee Arkansas SEC Sr. G
Dana Evans Louisville ACC Sr. G
Vivian Gray Texas Tech Big 12 Sr. G
Arella Guirantes Rutgers Big Ten Sr. G
Naz Hillmon Michigan Big Ten Jr. F
Rhyne Howard* Kentucky SEC Jr. G
Lexie Hull Stanford PAC-12 Jr. G
Rickea Jackson Mississippi State SEC So. F
Ashley Joens Iowa State Big 12 Jr. G/F
N’dea Jones Texas A&M SEC Sr. F
Ayoka Lee Kansas State Big 12 So. C
Kiara Lewis Syracuse ACC Sr. G
Tiana Mangakahia Syracuse ACC Sr. G
Aari McDonald Arizona PAC-12 Sr. G
Olivia Nelson-Ododa Connecticut Big East Jr. F
Michaela Onyenwere UCLA PAC-12 Sr. F
Ali Patberg Indiana Big Ten Sr. G
Lindsey Pulliam Northwestern Big Ten Sr. G
Destiny Slocum Arkansas SEC Sr. G
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Big 12 Jr. F
Unique Thompson Auburn SEC Sr. F
Evina Westbrook Connecticut Big East Jr. G
Christyn Williams Connecticut Big East Jr. G
Kiana Williams Stanford PAC-12 Sr. G

 

Preseason Poll - The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Committee begins the selection process in October of the year preceding the Wooden Award announcement. The committee evaluates players to determine the Women’s Preseason Top 30.

Midseason Poll - In mid January, the committee whittles the list down to the Midseason Top 25 candidates. Players who do not make the Preseason or Midseason lists are still eligible for consideration for the final ballot.

Late Season Poll - In early February, the committee whittles the list down to the Late Season Top 20 candidates. These lists are intended to give our voters an indication of players in contention for the Award. Players who do not make the Preseason, Midseason, or Late Season lists are still eligible for consideration for the final ballot.

From these three lists, the Wooden Award offices begins to certify with universities and colleges that players are making progress toward graduation and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 at their current institution (certified by the university). In addition, following the release of the midseason poll, additional players are tracked and certified to meet the Wooden Award criteria.

The winner of the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's as the women's player of the year will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles. The ESPN College Basketball Awards is also broadcast live on ESPN2.

Fan Voting: www.woodenawardvote.com

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award Trophy presented to “The Outstanding College Basketball Player in the United States,” is given to the player who receives the most points in the annual balloting. A candidate’s performance in the regular season, conference tournaments and postseason are taken into account by voters, as is the player’s character.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS

Year Player School
2020 Sabrina Ionescu University of Oregon
2019 Sabrina Ionescu University of Oregon
2018 A'ja Wilson University of South Carolina
2017 Kelsey Plum University of Washington
2016 Breanna Stewart University of Connecticut
2015 Breanna Stewart University of Connecticut
2014 Chiney Ogwumike Stanford University
2013 Brittney Griner Baylor University
2012 Brittney Griner Baylor University
2011 Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2010 Tina Charles University of Connecticut
2009 Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2008 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2007 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2006 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2005 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2004  Alana Beard Duke University