ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – For the second straight year, St. Bonaventure point guard Jaylen Adams has been named one of the top 50 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's®.
Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of the student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.
Adams has now made the watch lists for three national player of the year awards. He is also on the 32-player list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, as well as the 50-player list for the Naismith Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The senior did not play in St. Bonaventure's season-opening loss to Niagara last Friday due to a sprained left ankle.
Last year as a junior, Adams was the only Division I player to rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring (24th at 20.5 points per game) and the top 10 in assists (seventh at 6.5 per game).
Adams made the First Team All-Atlantic 10 each of the past two seasons. Last year, he also was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 4 First Team and the USBWA All-District II team. Over his three seasons, Adams has scored 1,377 points, which ranks 21st in program history. He has led the Bonnies to back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years.
For the full list of the players on the Wooden Award Top 50 list, click here.
About the John R. Wooden Award: Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), and last year's recipients, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas. Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All-American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
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