LOS ANGELES – UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson has been selected as one of 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, presented annually to the nation’s premier college basketball player by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., has averaged 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game during his sophomore year. No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double on a nightly basis as has Anderson.
Anderson has totaled 519 points, 250 rebounds and 195 assists, entering the Bruins’ final regular-season contest at Washington State on Saturday, March 8. Anderson is on pace to become the first-ever player in the Pac-12 Conference to have recorded at least 200 rebounds and 200 assists in the same season.
Anderson and Arizona’s Nick Johnson are the only two players from the West to have been named finalists for this year’s John R. Wooden Award.
The award’s other 13 finalists include Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Jabari Parker (Duke), Casey Prather (Florida), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Russ Smith (Louisville), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).
UCLA’s game at Washington State on Saturday evening will begin at 8 p.m. (PT). The team’s regular-season finale will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.
2014 John R. Wooden Award Finalists
|Cleanthony Early||Wichita State||Sr.||F||6-8|
|Gary Harris||Michigan State||So.||G||6-4|