LOS ANGELES (WATE) — From an unheralded, undersized, under-recruited, 3-star high schooler to a finalist for the national player of the year. That’s the path Grant Williams has taken from Charlotte, North Carolina to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Williams named to the John R. Wooden Award ballot this weekend, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding college basketball player.
Williams joins PJ Washington (Kentucky) as the only SEC players represented.
The other contenders are Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimure, Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Markus Howard of Marquette, De’Andre Hunter of Virginia, Dedric Lawson of Kansas, Ja Morant of Murray State, and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.
The ballot was announced Saturday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Voting by a national media panel takes place March 18-25, which includes the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans can vote online.
The top 10 vote-getters will be named to the Wooden Award All American team after the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award will be presented to one of five finalists on April 12 in Los Angeles.