On Friday night in Los Angeles, ESPN hosted the College Basketball Awards which revealed the winners of the 2016 John R. Wooden Award for national college basketball players of the year.
The winners of the award were Oklahoma Sooners star Buddy Hield and Connecticut Huskies standout Breanna Stewart, a four-time national champion.
“It’s been fun and I can’t be more blessed to be around college basketball,” Hield said while accepting the award. “I can’t be prouder and I thank my family for supporting me through the whole journey.”
Hield edged out Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, UNC’s Brice Johnson, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State. In addition to claiming the 2016 John R. Wooden Award, Hield was the recipient of the Jerry West shooting guard of the year award.
For Stewart, it was her second straight Wooden Award.
Add in four national titles and four Final Four MVP awards, and it’s safe to say that Stewart will be remembered as one of the greatest female basketball players in recent memory.
Stewart edged out teammate Moriah Jefferson, Rachel Banham of Minnesota, Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina for the honors.
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