The John R. Wooden Award is one of the most prestigious awards a college basketball player can possibly receive. To be mentioned as a finalist is quite the honor and a way that the Los Angeles Athletic Club can recognize wonderful play throughout the season. Keenan Evans was recognized Monday afternoon as he was named as one of the final 20 players on the late season watch list for the award. The Wooden award has been given to legendary college players like Larry Bird, Danny Manning, Tim Duncan, and JJ Redick, Evans will try to continue his stellar play and add his name to the list.
Evans also was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. The Bob Cousy award is given to the nation’s top point guard and has honored future NBA stars like Jameer Nelson, Ty Lawson and Kemba Walker.
Evans is averaging 18.6 points and 3.5 assists this year including an average of 28 points in his last four games. The undisputed leader of the Red Raiders has taken an even bigger role with Zach Smith out, and has taken the conference by storm. Expect this to be the beginning of many achievements for Evans as he is likely to be named to the all conference team and is on his way to becoming Tech’s first all-american since Andre Emmett in 2004.