Villanova’s Brunson, S Carolina’s Wilson win Wooden Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Brunson of national champion Villanova and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night.
They received their trophies during the fourth annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.
Brunson also claimed the Bob Cousy point guard of the year award, having averaged over 18 points while helping Villanova win its second national title in three years. Brunson claimed a slew of honors, including The Associated Press men’s player of the year. He helped the Wildcats spend a nation’s-best eight weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season.
Brunson is the second player to win the national title and Wooden Award in the same year, and the first Wildcats player to earn the Wooden honor.
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