Aug. 19, 2009
BERKELEY - Senior guard Jerome Randle has been named one of the 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as announced on Wednesday by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award chairman and founder. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and Blake Griffin ('09). Candace Parker of Tennessee won the Women's Wooden Award in 2007 and 2008.
Eleven conferences are represented on the Wooden Award Preseason List. Leading the way is the Big East (11), followed by the ACC (10), Big 10 (8), SEC (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (3), and Atlantic 10, CAA, Horizon, WAC and West Coast with one apiece. Arizona's Nic Wise and Washington's Isaiah Thomas join Randle from the Pac-10. To view the complete list, please click here.
In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winner, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.
Last year, Randle led Cal in scoring 20 times in 33 games, including a career-high 31 points at Arizona. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, he finished conference play third in scoring and tied for first in assists. Randle earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after putting up 23 points to go with his game-high eight assists vs. Nevada. His 82 three-pointers were a single-season school record.