Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III continues to reel in postseason awards, being named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
The Wooden Award All-American Team is comprised of 10 student-athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor, the John R. Wooden Award. The 10-player team, alphabetically, consists of: Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Bagley, Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Mikal Bridges (Villanova), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Jevon Carter (West Virginia), Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), and Trae Young (Oklahoma).
The five players invited to Los Angeles next week for the Wooden Award presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s are: Ayton, Bagley III, Brunson, Graham, and Young. Bagley, who earlier this week declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, has also been invited to San Antonio this weekend as a finalist for the James Naismith Award, and the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards show.
Five previous Blue Devils have won the Wooden Award — J.J. Redick (2006), Jason Williams (2002), Shane Battier (2001), Elton Brand (1999), and Christian Laettner (1992). Bagley is aiming to be the first player to win the Wooden High School Player of the Year and Wooden College Player of the Year in successive seasons.
In his one season in Durham, Bagley etched his name all over the Duke record books. He broke nine Duke freshman records including points (694), scoring average (21.0), rebounds (366), rebounding average (11.1), 30-point games (7), double-doubles (22), dunks (98), 15+ rebound games (8) and 20-10 games (12). The Phoenix, Ariz., native was named both the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year after becoming the 13th player to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding. He was the first Blue Devil and first conference freshman to accomplish the feat.
Bagley was one of just four players nationally – and one of two freshmen – to average 20.0+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. He ranked third in the NCAA and second in Duke history in double-doubles with 22. Bagley scored in double-figures in 32 of the 33 games he played in, including tying the Duke freshman scoring record with 34 points against Texas. He also broke the Duke single game freshman rebounding record by hauling in 21 against Florida State. His 98 dunks are the single-season Duke record.
The NABC’s Guardians of the Game Awards Show begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 1 from San Antonio. A live stream of the event is available here.