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Zion Williamson Wins John R. Wooden Award

Williamson received more hardware for his already overstuffed trophy cabinet.
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PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 22: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Petersen Events Center on January 22, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Zion Williamson of Duke and Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon won the John R. Wooden Awards as the nation's top men's and women's players of the year at the College Basketball Awards Friday night.

They received their trophies during the fifth annual ceremony at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.

Williamson received more hardware for his already overstuffed trophy cabinet. The freshman has collected numerous awards - including The Associated Press player of the year - during his freshman season in which he led the Blue Devils to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Ionescu was a surprise winner on the women's side. The NCAA Division I leader in career triple-doubles with 18, she led the Ducks on a Final Four run. The 21-year-old point guard plans to return for her senior year.

Ionescu beat out Connecticut's Napheesa Collier, Asia Durr of Louisville, Iowa's Megan Gustafson and Teaira McCowan of Mississippi State.

Gustafson had earned several postseason honors, including AP player of the year for leading the nation in scoring for the second straight season.


Other winners were:

- RJ Barrett of Duke, Jerry West shooting guard award

- Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga, Julius Erving small forward award

- Williamson, Karl Malone power forward award

- Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar center award

- Ja Morant of Murray State, Bob Cousy point guard award

All of the award namesakes were on hand to present their trophies except Cousy, who is 90.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger received the Wooden Legends of Coaching award from Steve Henson, his former player at Kansas State and current Texas-San Antonio coach.

Kruger is 160-105 in eight seasons with the Sooners. He's the first Division I coach to guide five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

The individual awards were decided by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame's selection committee.

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