|john r. wooden award|
|given for||the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players|
|presented by||los angeles athletic club|
|most recent||zion williamson, duke (men's)|
sabrina ionescu, official site
the john r. wooden award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. the program consists of the men's and women's player of the year awards, the legends of coaching award and recognizes the all–america teams.
the awards, given by the los angeles athletic club, are named in honor of john wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from purdue. wooden later taught and coached men's basketball at indiana state and ucla. coach wooden, whose teams at ucla won ten ncaa championships, was the first man to be inducted into the naismith memorial basketball hall of fame as a player and coach. his 1948 indiana state team was the naib (now naia) national finalist.
the award, which was originally given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. starting in 2004, the award was extended to women's basketball. additionally, the legends of coaching award was presented first in 1999. the 2015 presentation was broadcast on espn2 and the show was presented by wendy's at los angeles' club nokia on friday, april 10, 2015.