Oregon junior Dillon Brooks was named to the Wooden Award 2016-17 All-American Team. The hardware continues to stack up for the Canadian, yet he is taking it all in stride.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2017 John R. Wooden Award, presented by Wendy’s, All-American Team on a 30-minute show via ESPNU. The team is made up of ten student-athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
Here is your 2016-17 Wooden All-American Team:
Dillon Brooks (Oregon)
Lonzo Ball (UCLA)
Josh Hart (Villanova)
Josh Jackson (Kansas)
Justin Jackson (North Carolina)
Luke Kennard (Duke)
Frank Mason III (Kansas)
Malik Monk (Kentucky)
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga)
The five players who are invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards are Ball, Hart, Mason, Swanigan and Williams-Goss.
Alongside being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 1st Team and a NABC All-American, Brooks will humbly accept his newest honor.
After leading the Ducks to their greatest season in program history, the awards aren't far behind. Oregon’s 33 wins were the most in school history, alongside their ridiculous .868 winning percentage.
The program advanced to their first Final Four in 78 years, thanks in part to Brooks’ heroics. After cruising to a 16-2 regular season record in the Pac-12, Oregon’s main man was looking for more.
During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Brooks and Oregon have become household names for those who were asleep the last few years.
This season, DB is averaging 16.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.8 APG and 1.1 SPG in only 25.1 minutes per contest. He is shooting a robust 49 percent from the floor and 41 percent from downtown.
He won three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season alone, alongside being named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. His four career Pac-12 POW awards are tied with Blair Rasmussen for the most in Oregon basketball history.
Yet, this 6-foot-7 guard/forward hybrid isn’t motivated by personal accolades, he wants more team hardware and the Ducks are getting close. The Canadian leads his team to the 2017 Final Four against No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday. It will be yet another opportunity to play under the brightest lights amid the best talent college basketball has to offer.
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