LOS ANGELES - Duke sophomore guard Luke Kennard was named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 on Wednesday. The list was announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club live on ESPNU.
Kennard, the only player from a P-5 conference averaging more than 19.5 points while shooting above .500 from the field was also named a finalist for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Before the season, assistant coach Jeff Capel challenged Kennard to be more consistent from game to game. The Franklin, Ohio native has responded by scoring in double figures in every game but one.
Each year, the Award's National Advisory Board, a 26-member panel, selects approximately 20 candidates for player of the year and All-American Team honors. The candidates must be full-time students and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher throughout their college career. Players who are nominated must have made outstanding contributions to team play, both offensively and defensively, and be model citizens, exhibiting strength of character both on and off the court.
Kennard is vying to become the sixth Blue Devil bestowed with the honor, following Christian Laettner (1992), Elton Brand (1999), Shane Battier (2001), Jason Williams (2002), and J.J. Redick (2006).
The 41st presentation of the award will be made Friday, April 7, 2017 during ESPN's College Basketball Award Show presented by Wendy's.