2017 Wooden Award Odds

The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the most outstanding player in college basketball. This prestigious award, which is named after UCLA’s legendary head coach, was first given in 1977. The selection ballot is announced prior to the NCAA tournament and the voters consist of 1,000 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Last season, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield edged out Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. The table below displays every winner since the award’s inception 40 years ago.

Year Player School FG% 3PT% FT% PPG RPG APG
2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma 50.1% 45.7% 88.0% 25 5.7 2
2015 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin 54.7% 41.6% 78.0% 18.8 8.2 2.6
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton 52.6% 44.9% 86.4% 26.7 7 1.6
2013 Trey Burke Michigan 46.3% 38.4% 80.1% 18.6 3.2 6.7
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky 62.3% 15.0% 70.9% 14.2 10.4 1.3
2011 Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young 45.2% 39.6% 89.4% 28.9 3.4 4.3
2010 Evan Turner Ohio State 51.9% 36.4% 75.4% 20.4 9.2 6
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma 65.4% 37.5% 59.0% 22.7 14.4 2.3
2008 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina 54.0% 0.0% 80.6% 22.6 10.2 0.9
2007 Kevin Durant Texas 47.3% 40.4% 81.6% 25.8 11.1 1.3
2006 J.J. Redick Duke 47.0% 42.1% 86.3% 26.8 2 2.6
2005 Andrew Bogut Utah 62.0% 36.0% 69.2% 20.4 12.2 2.3
2004 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's 47.5% 39.0% 79.2% 20.6 4.7 5.3
2003 T.J. Ford Texas 40.1% 26.5% 82.0% 15 3.9 7.7
2002 Jay Williams Duke 45.7% 38.3% 67.6% 21.3 3.5 5.3
2001 Shane Battier Duke 47.1% 41.9% 79.6% 19.9 7.3 1.8
2000 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati 56.8% 28.6% 68.4% 18.9 9.7 1.4
1999 Elton Brand Duke 62.0% N/A 70.7% 17.7 9.8 1.1
1998 Antawn Jamison North Carolina 57.9% 40.0% 66.7% 22.2 10.5 0.8
1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest 60.8% 27.3% 63.6% 20.8 14.7 3.2
1996 Marcus Camby Massachusetts 47.7% 0.0% 70.0% 20.5 8.2 1.8
1995 Ed O'Bannon UCLA 53.3% 43.3% 78.5% 20.4 8.3 2.5
1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue 48.3% 38.0% 79.6% 30.3 10.1 1.9
1993 Calbert Cheaney Indiana 54.9% 42.7% 79.5% 22.4 6.4 2.4
1992 Christian Laettner Duke 57.5% 55.7% 81.5% 21.5 7.9 2
1991 Larry Johnson Nevada-Las Vegas 66.2% 35.4% 81.8% 22.7 10.9 3
1990 Lionel Simmons La Salle 51.3% 47.7% 66.1% 26.5 11.1 3.6
1989 Sean Elliott Arizona 48.0% 50.4% 84.1% 22.3 7.2 4.1
1988 Danny Manning Kansas 58.3% 34.6% 73.4% 24.8 9 2
1987 David Robinson Navy 59.1% 100.0% 63.7% 28.2 11.8 1
1986 Walter Berry St. John's (NY) 59.8% N/A 70.2% 23 11.1 N/A
1985 Chris Mullin St. John's (NY) 52.1% N/A 82.4% 19.8 4.8 4.3
1984 Michael Jordan North Carolina 55.1% N/A 77.9% 19.6 5.3 2.1
1983 Ralph Sampson Virginia 60.4% N/A 70.4% 19.1 11.7 1
1982 Ralph Sampson Virginia 56.1% N/A 61.5% 15.8 11.4 1.2
1981 Danny Ainge Brigham Young 51.8% N/A 82.4% 24.4 4.8 4
1980 Darrell Griffith Louisville 55.3% N/A 71.3% 22.9 4.8 N/A
1979 Larry Bird Indiana State 53.2% N/A 83.1% 28.6 14.9 5.5
1978 Phil Ford North Carolina 52.7% N/A 81.0% 20.8 2.1 N/A
1977 Marques Johnson UCLA 59.1% N/A 62.1% 21.4 11.1 N/A

The Greek posted odds for the 2017 Wooden Award on Wednesday morning, which was an interesting development since Bovada posted AP Player of the Year odds last week. Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan opened as co-favorites (+200), which represented a major divergence from the AP Player of the Year odds. Although Mason opened as the favorite for that award, Swanigan opened as a 16/1 long shot (which I highlighted as an excellent value).

The table below displays the 2017 Wooden Award odds at The Greek.

Player School Odds
Frank Mason III   Kansas +200
Caleb Swanigan   Purdue +200
Josh Hart   Villanova +300
Lonzo Ball   UCLA +500
Malik Monk   Kentucky +650
Nigel Williams-Goss   Gonzaga +1200
Luke Kennard   Duke +1200
Ethan Happ   Wisconsin +2000
Josh Jackson   Kansas +2000
Johnathan Motley   Baylor +2500
Justin Jackson   Kansas +3000
Lauri Markkanen   Arizona +3000
Dwayne Bacon   Florida State +3000
Dillon Brooks   Oregon +3000
Joel Berry II   North Carolina +5000
Grayson Allen   Duke +5000
Markelle Fultz   Washington +6000
Melo Trimble   Maryland +6000
Bonzie Collins   Notre Dame +6000
Field   N/A +800

This prop takes low limits and features an insanely high hold percentage (45.4%) but, unlike the odds at Bovada, it’s encouraging to see “the field” listed as an option.

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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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