Williamson, Ionescu win honors at College Basketball Awards

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

Williamson beat out Barrett, Michigan State's Cassius Winston, Murray State's Ja Morant, and Tennessee's Grant Williams to take home college basketball's highest individual honor.

"It's very humbling to receive this award, but I know I wouldn't be here without my team-mates", said Williamson, who also won the Karl Malone Award for the nation's best power forward. "The bond we had built is second to none so I know I'm going to miss that".

Top NBA prospect Zion Williamson won the Wooden Award, becoming the first Duke freshman to claim the honour. Fellow junior Ruthy Hebard was nominated for the award this year.

Her mouth dropped open when her name was announced.

Ionescu previously repeated as the victor of the Nancy Lieberman award as point guard of the year, won the WBCA's Wade Trophy as the nation's most outstanding player and was named an All-American by the AP, USBWA and WBCA.

Ionescu was projected to go No. 1 in the 2019 WNBA Draft but chose to return for her senior year, citing "unfinished business" in her Players Tribune story published minutes after the WNBA draft declaration deadline. One of only three players in the Big Ten ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding, he led the conference and was 25th in the nation in minutes played average at 36.9. He now ranks fifth on Penn State's all-time scoring list with 1,660 points. He's the first Division I coach to guide five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

"I don't regret nothing about this season", he said.

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