Baylor center Brittney Griner won the John R. Wooden Award tonight at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Griner couldn’t be there due to academic obligations, according to assistant coach Damion McKinney, who spoke to the audience on her behalf. The ceremony was streamed live online.
Four of the other nominees completed the All-American Team: Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford, Julie Wojta of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame. The ceremony is still going on at this time, and official releases are not yet up on the Wooden Award website.
The emcee for the event brought up the above four prior to announcing the award, and interviewed all of them together. Before he did so, he told those in the audience not to compare men’s and women’s basketball, because each has their own place. He also had all the men raise their right hands and solemnly swear to watch more women’s hoops. Pretty cool.
After Ogwumike, Wojta, Delle Donne and Diggins left the stage, the coaches of each player then came up and took turns speaking about their athletes.