Three Ducks on Wooden Award Watch List


EUGENE, Ore. – Sabrina Ionescu, last year’s winner of the John R. Wooden Award, is joined on the preseason top 30 watch list for college basketball’s most prestigious honor by teammates Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally.

No. 1 ranked Oregon is one of only two schools to have three players on the preseason watch list, along with No. 2 Baylor. No. 5 UConn, No. 7 Oregon State and No. 3 Stanford each have two players on the list.

A midseason watch list and a late season watch list will be announced before a national ballot of 15 players is revealed. The Wooden All-Americans will be announced during the Elite Eight before the winner of the Wooden Award is named during the ESPN College Basketball Awards show on April 10, 2020. Players not on the preseason watch list are still eligible for the midseason list, late season list and the national ballot.

The NCAA all-time leader in triple-doubles (18), Ionescu averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists during her historic junior season in 2018-19 en route to becoming the first Duck ever to win the Wooden Award. Ionescu enters her senior season with 1,984 career points, 792 assists and 756 rebounds, giving her the chance to become the first player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

Hebard is on the preseason Wooden Award watch list for the second straight year and is coming off a great junior season in which she averaged 16.1 points and 9.1 rebounds while earning all-Pac-12 honors for the third straight season.

Sabally joins Ionescu and Hebard on the preseason watch list for the first time after averaging 16.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting to with 6.2 rebounds per game. The junior was the third most efficient scorer in the nation last season with 1.09 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports.


John R. Wooden Award – 2019-20 Preseason Top 30

Name School Conference Height Class Position
Bella Alarie Princeton Ivy League 6-4 Sr. G/F
DiJonai Carrington Stanford Pac-12 5-11 Sr. G
Chennedy Carter Texas A&M SEC 5-7 Jr. G
Kaila Charles Maryland Big Ten 6-1 Sr. G
Lauren Cox Baylor Big 12 6-4 Sr. F
Crystal Dangerfield Connecticut American 5-5 Sr. G
Rennia Davis Tennessee SEC 6-2 Jr. G/F
Chelsea Dungee Arkansas SEC 5-11 Jr. G
Dana Evans Louisville ACC 5-6 Jr. G
Kiah Gillespie Florida State ACC 6-2 Jr. F
Haley Gorecki Duke ACC 6-0 Sr. G
Tyasha Harris South Carolina SEC 5-10 Sr. G
Ruthy Hebard Oregon Pac-12 6-4 Sr. F
Becca Hittner Drake Missouri Valley 6-0 Sr. G
Rhyne Howard Kentucky SEC 6-2 So. G
Sabrina Ionescu# Oregon Pac-12 5-11 Sr. G
Juicy Landrum Baylor Big 12 5-8 Sr. G
Aari McDonald Arizona Pac-12 5-6 Jr. G
Ayana Mitchell LSU SEC 6-0 Sr. F
Beatrice Mompremier Miami ACC 6-4 Sr. F
Erica Ogwumike Rice Conference USA 5-9 Sr. G
Michaela Onyenwere UCLA Pac-12 6-0 Jr. F
Ali Patberg Indiana Big Ten 5-11 Jr. G
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State Pac-12 5-10 Sr. G
DiDi Richards Baylor Big 12 6-1 Jr. G
Satou Sabally Oregon Pac-12 6-4 Jr. F
Destiny Slocum Oregon State Pac-12 5-7 Jr. G
Christyn Williams Connecticut American 5-11 So. G
Kiana Williams Stanford Pac-12 5-8 Jr. G
Peyton Williams Kansas State Big 12 6-4 Sr. F

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# indicates player selected as the 2019 Wooden Award Player of the Year