Alabama Freshman Collin Sexton Named to John Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 List
Alabama men’s basketball freshman guard Collin Sexton was named on the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 list, it was announced on Monday night. Sexton makes the late-season cut after landing on the Midseason Top-25 list on Jan. 11.
The list was chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2017-18 season.
After 20 appearances for the Tide this season, Sexton is averaging 18.7 ppg, which ranks second in the Southeastern Conference, while also ranking third in the league in both free throws made (113) and attempted (145). The Mableton, Ga., native has recorded 10 20-point games, 16 double-figure scoring games and two 30-point contests on the season for the Crimson Tide.
On Nov. 25 against then-No. 14 Minnesota, Sexton set an Alabama freshman record when he scored 40 points, including 31 in the second half. He became the first Crimson Tide player to score 40 points in a game since Reggie King had 43 on March, 12, 1979 against Virginia. Furthermore, he became the first Alabama freshman in the modern era to record three straight games of more than 20 points in each of his first three contests.
In the classroom, Sexton, a business major, maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. As a result, he earned a spot on the President’s List.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Sexton earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester.
The 10-man Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.
John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s
2017-18 Late Season Top 20
Name School Class Position
Deandre Ayton Arizona Fr. F
Marvin Bagley III Duke Fr. F
Mohamed Bamba Texas Fr. F
Keita Bates-Diop Ohio State Jr. F
Trevon Bluiett Xavier Sr. G
Mikal Bridges Villanova Jr. G/F
Miles Bridges Michigan State So. G/F
Jalen Brunson Villanova Jr. G
Jevon Carter West Virginia Sr. G
Carsen Edwards Purdue So. G
Vincent Edwards Purdue Sr. F
Keenan Evans Texas Tech Sr. G
Marcus Foster Creighton Sr. G
Devonte' Graham Kansas Sr. G
Tra Holder Arizona State Sr. G
Jock Landale Saint Mary's Sr. C
Luke Maye UNC Jr. F
Collin Sexton Alabama Fr. G
Allonzo Trier Arizona Jr. G
Trae Young Oklahoma Fr. G
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