Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike has won the John R. Wooden Award. The honor is bestowed to the player who embodies the late great coach’s ideal of the “total basketball player”:
Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She led her team to the Final Four three times in her four seasons with the Cardinal, including this year. Her 26.1 points (No. 4 nationally), 12.1 rebounds per game, 60.1% field-goal percentage, and 27 double-doubles make her the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in each of those categories. She is No. 5 on the NCAA all-time rebounding list with 1,567 career boards and is the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer with 2,737 points.
Very, very deserving.