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Jalen Pickett Named Wooden Award All-American

Jalen Pickett keeps bringing in the awards, folks.

The fifth-year guard was named a Wooden Award All-American on Thursday evening. He is the first player to do so in Penn State men’s basketball history.

The Wooden Award All-American team is comprised of the 10 best basketball players in the nation, with separate teams for the men’s and women’s categories. Pickett is one of three players from the Big Ten on the men’s roster this year, featuring Purdue’s Zach Edey and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Pickett’s inclusion in the team makes him a finalist for the Wooden Award, which is awarded yearly to the best player in college basketball.

The recognition is not Pickett’s first of this year. He was named an All-American by the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, and Sporting News, becoming the first Nittany Lion to be named an All-American in 68 years. Pickett was also named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Late Season Watch List and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.

After the Big Ten Tournament, Pickett was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team alongside teammate Seth Lundy.

Pickett was a key player on Penn State’s 2022-23 roster, which was the first Penn State team to reach the NCAA Tournament since 2011. The group also won the program’s first NCAA Tournament Tournament game since 2001, beating Texas A&M before falling to Texas in the Round of 32.

During the season, Pickett put up some of the best numbers in college basketball. He averaged 17.7 points, 7.4 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50.8% from the field. Pickett was the first college basketball player in at least 30 years to average 17/7/6 while shooting above a 50% clip.

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Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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