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Penn State Hoops’ Jalen Pickett Named To Wooden Award National Ballot

Penn State men’s basketball’s Jalen Pickett was named one of the 15 players on the Wooden Award National Ballot Saturday morning. The John R. Wooden Award recognizes the most outstanding college basketball player in the country, and Pickett’s historic season earned him a spot on the ballot.

Pickett is the only player in the country averaging 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists per game. The only other player to finish with that stat line in the last 30 years was Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, who would later go on to win AP National Player of the Year.

Currently, only Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and himself rank in the top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding, and assists. Pickett ranks fourth in scoring, ninth in rebounding, and first in assists.

Voting for the Wooden Award will take place between March 13 and March 20. Voters take into consideration the entirety of one’s season, as well as the conference tournament and the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the award will be announced on March 29, with the winner being announced in April.

Alongside Pickett on the ballot include Big Ten standouts Jackson-Davis, Kris Murray of Iowa, and odds-on favorite Zach Edey of Purdue. Other notable players include Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis, who was four points away from breaking the NCAA scoring record, and Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, who won the Wooden Award last season.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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