Redick Continues To Collect POY Hardware

J.J. Redick

The 30th John R. Wooden Award was given Saturday morning in Los Angeles. Based on what has happened of late, it shouldn't be too difficult to guess who the winner was. Here's a hint, though: He's a very good jump shooter.


LOS ANGELES – At the rate he's going, J.J. Redick is going to have to reserve a room in the house, condominium or apartment he eventually resides in as an NBA rookie for all the hardware he's picking up.

 

The Duke senior was announced as the 30th winner of the John R. Wooden Award Saturday morning during a nationally televised ceremony in the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

 

The announcement came less than 24 hours after Redick picked up the Naismith Trophy in Atlanta.

 

Redick, the runner-up to Andrew Bogut of Utah in the Wooden Award voting a year ago, was selected the Associated Press Player of the Year on March 31 – the day after he was chosen as the co-winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy (with Gonzaga's Adam Morrison) by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

 

Morrison was the runner-up in the balloting, with 4,574 points to Redick's 4,646 – with the 72-point differential among the 1,000-plus voters the third closest in the award's history. Danny Manning (Kansas) edged Hersey Hawkins (Bradley) by 20 points in 1988, two years after Walter Berry (St. John's) finished in front of Johnny Dawkins (Duke) by 45 points. Dawkins, now the associate head coach with the Blue Devils, accompanied Redick to the ceremony.

 

And Redick joined Duke alums Christian Laettner (1992), Elton Brand (1999), Shane Battier (2001), Jason Williams (2002) and Alana Beard (the inaugural winner of the women's award in 2004) as Wooden Award winners.

Redick's teammate and fellow senior, Shelden Williams, was third in the 2006 voting (2,142 points), and was in attendance for the ceremony Saturday, as were the fourth- (Randy Foye of Villanova/2,050 points) and fifth-place (Brandon Roy of Washington/1,885 points) finishers.

The 95-year-old Wooden wasn't at the press conference and wasn't expected to attend the awards banquet later Saturday evening (for the first time) because of an-ongoing  dispute, dating more than a year, between his family (daughter Nan Wooden Muehlhausen handles Wooden's financial affairs) and the L.A. Athletic Club. The LAAC has sponsored the award since its inception in 1977 and was giving the rights to the name "John R. Wooden Award" by the man considered by many to be the greatest American coach ever, regardless of the sport.

Redick has met Wooden at least twice (during last year's banquet and as a prep senior as a McDonald's All-America).

"I feel lucky to be associated with any award that has Coach Wooden's name on it," he said.

"And I'm most proud of the fact that I'm now part of the Duke legacy with all of those who have won the award."

Redick will be in Los Angeles until Monday, when he flies to New York for the Sullivan Award presentation (he's a finalist).

If you wonder if Redick would trade any of the individual honors that have come his way of late to have been a part of a Duke team that would have played in the Final Four last weekend in Indianapolis, the answer is "apparently".

"I would trade any (individual) award for a team championship," he said. "They don't fill the void created by the loss (to LSU in a Sweet 16 game in Atlanta on March 23.)."

LSU's Seimone Augustus won the women's award for the second year in a row. She was en route to Australia as a member of a U.S. women's team, so the award was accepted by her parents, Kim and Seymore Augustus.

Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) and Monique Currie (Duke) were next in the women's voting.



 

Inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame last April, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at frank.burlison@presstelegram.com. Read more of Burlison's pieces at www.frankhoops.com


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