Duke’s Zion Williamson won the John R. Wooden Award on Friday as the nation’s top male college player in 2019.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 13, 2019
Williamson joined Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis as the only freshmen to take home the award, which was handed out at the fifth annual College Basketball Awards at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.
He is the sixth Wooden Award winner in Duke history, the most of any school.
Williamson, who earlier this month won AP Player of the Year and the Naismith Award, also took home the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s best power forward Friday during the nationally televised show.
“It’s very humbling to receive this award, but I know I wouldn’t be here without my teammates,” Williamson said upon receiving the Wooden Award. “Because it was the little things throughout the season that they did to keep me motivated — from RJ [Barrett] telling me, “I don’t feel you right now; you gotta bring the energy,” to Tre [Jones] saying, “Bro, it’s time to turn up,” to Cam [Reddish]saying, “Bro, kill,” it was a lot. And the coaches for pushing me. So I know without my teammates, I wouldn’t be here.”
Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season, and 26.0 points per game in the NCAA tournament.
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