Ohio State’s Evan Turner was named winner of the 2010 John R. Wooden Award on Friday night in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Turner beat out Kansas University’s Sherron Collins, Kentucky’s John Wall, Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson and West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler.
Turner received 3,715 points in the voting by more than 1,000 media members and college basketball experts. Wall finished second with 3,331 points, while Johnson was third with 1,871. Other point totals were not revealed.
Turner, the Big Ten’s player of the year, already had won the Naismith Award and been named the AP’s Player of the Year. Collins, a senior, is a 2010 Consensus All-American.
Henry makes first-team
KU freshman Xavier Henry on Friday was named to Rivals.com’s freshman All-America team. He was joined by Kentucky’s Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors and Arizona’s Derrick Williams. Alec Burks of Colorado made second-team.
Kentucky and Kansas appear to be co-leaders for Doron Lamb, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told kentucky.rivals.com.
“He’s kind of torn between the two of them,” Smith told the Web site. “West Virginia is getting there and working hard, but they started a little later (January).
“UConn is trying, Arizona has faded, and Oklahoma is out. I think he kind of favors Kentucky and Kansas right now. In what order? It kind of depends on what day he wakes up and what side of the bed he gets out of. Both look appealing to him, top-five programs in the country,” Smith told the Web site.
Coaches from KU, UK and West Virginia all visited Lamb on Thursday. New St. John’s coach Steve Lavin was due in on Friday.
“If he goes to West Virginia or UConn, his parents could go to a lot more games. But he seems to really like Kentucky and Kansas,” Smith said.
Lamb, who is Rivals.com’s No. 21-ranked player, has said he will announce his choice on TV on April 17 at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York.
Selby a strong KU lean?
Oak Hill Academy coach Smith told Kentucky.rivals.com that word on the street is KU will sign Josh Selby in recruiting, while Kentucky will ink Brandon Knight.
Selby, 6-2 from Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High, is currently Rivals.com’s No. 4-rated player. Knight, 6-3 from Pine Crest High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is No. 1. There’s talk Selby will wind up No. 1 overall in Rivals’ final rankings of prep players.
“Everybody thinks Selby is going to Kansas and Knight is going to Kentucky, and I think Doron thinks that, too, from talking to him,” Smith said. “So it’s common knowledge that that’s what everyone thinks they’re going to do. Of course, someone could pull a fast one, I guess.”
KU’s coaches paid a visit to Selby’s school Friday. He will choose either KU, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona or Tennessee at halftime of the Brand Classic.
Jones to talk to KU?
KU still might be in the running for No. 13-ranked Terrence Jones, a 6-8 forward from Portland’s Jefferson High. Rivals.com reports that KU coach Bill Self will be speaking with Jones in coming days. He’s considering Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.
Ohio State assistant Alan Major has accepted the head-coaching job at Charlotte, the AP reports. KU assistant Joe Dooley was on Charlotte’s original wish list. ... Colorado may lose coach Jeff Bzdelik to Wake Forest, FOXsports.com and CBSsportsline.com report. The third-year Buffs coach is a good friend of Wake athletic director Ron Wellman.