Iowa's Gustafson named to Wooden Award Top 25

Megan Gustafson

Megan Gustafson

But it's been more than a decade since a Blue Devils player won the John Wooden Award - the last one being J.J. Redick in 2005-06.

OR sophomore point guard Sabrina Ionescu is one of 25 players who remain in contention for the John R. Wooden Award, given to women's college basketball's top player. She is one of three student-athletes from the Big Ten (Katelynn Flaherty and Kelsey Mitchell).

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Through 17 games this season, Gustafson averages 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. The Sooners freshman leads the NCAA with 29.2 points and 10.1 assists per game.

Young joins three other Big 12 players - Jevon Carter of West Virginia, Mohamed Bamba of Texas and Devonte' Graham of Kansas - on the list. He's logged 14 consecutive 20-point contests and nine double-doubles in his 15-game career.

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Young, who was born in Texas Tech country in Lubbock, Texas, but grew up in the shadow of OU in Norman, has taken the country by surprise and by storm this season. A five-star recruit according to 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout, Young is the fourth McDonald's All-American from the state of Oklahoma to play for OU, joining Sooner legends Blake Griffin, Wayman Tisdale and Jeff Webster. The announcement was made by ESPNW and the Wooden Award on Thursday.

Landale was also this week named Hero Sports' Mid-Major Mid-season Player of the Year, and this latest recognition is unlikely to be the last this season.

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