Who Has the Best Wooden Award Odds
Nobody personified the best of college basketball like John Wooden. The
longtime coach of the UCLA Bruins—who won 10 championships with the program—was not just a winner as a coach, but was also the 1932 national player of the year while at Purdue. If there was something to be won in college basketball, Wooden was the man who won it. He was an amazing man on the court and off of the court, and it is for this reason the award for college basketball’s best player bears his name.
Because of the plethora of teams and players in college basketball, the selection process for awarding the Wooden Award requires plenty of hands and eyes. The voting pool for the Wooden award consists of 1,000 writers from each of the 50 states and the voting process adds to the madness of March. Of the 1,000 votes, only the top-10 vote getters are selected as First Team All-Americans with the announcement coming after the completion of the Elite Eight. The committee holds on to the tally of the final vote until after the NCAA Championship Game, at which point the Wooden Award Winner is named.
History of the Wooden Award Winners
If you’re looking for a solid representation of who will become a star in the NBA, you might want to take a look at the Wooden Award odds standings. Past winners include faces seen on the Mt. Rushmore of Basketball: players like Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Tim Duncan. Other lower tiered, yet outstanding, players have taken home the prize as well like Ralph Sampson (the only player to win it twice), Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant.
The list of Wooden Award winners is littered with players who would go on to have great and lengthy careers in the NBA. But this award is not a testament to future success, but rather an award recognizing past success and success for one period of play. That is why guys like Ed O’ Bannon, Jimmer Fredette, and Frank Mason III have also found themselves at the top of the Wooden Award standings at the end of the season. Players who had great college careers and individual seasons before finding smaller baskets and harder defenses in the NBA Ranks.
Wooden Award Odds
With so many players in the college basketball ranks, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of which players are climbing and which players are falling in the Wooden Award odds. For better and for worse, the award is open to every player in Division I. Sometimes players on mid-major teams quietly work their way through the season, dominating teams in their conference, only to explode up the Wooden Award odds table late in the year. Therefore, OddsUSA is going to be here to help you every week of the season to check how things are shaking up in college basketball. So be patient, choose wisely, and good luck!