Los Angeles (February 5, 2018)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Late Season Top 20 list, and that list contains Creighton guard Marcus Foster. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team.
A Wichita Falls, Texas, native, Foster leads Creighton with 19.9 points per game and 67 three-pointers made, while also contributing 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, 44.1 percent from three-point range and 79.7 percent at the line. Foster was a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection this year and last year was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST choice. The senior was also a finalist for the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s best shooting guard, a year ago.
Foster ranks 32nd in school history with 1,096 points at Creighton and is closely in on 2,000 career points (currently 1,971). Foster also ranks among the top-10 among the nation’s active players in points, field goals, three-pointers and double-figure scoring games.
The Big 12 leads all conferences with five selections; followed by the BIG EAST and Big Ten with four apiece, the Pac-12 with three; the ACC with two; and the SEC and WCC with one selection apiece.
Players not appearing on this list are still eligible for the National Ballot, which will be announced in early March and will consist of 15 top players. Prior to being listed on the National Ballot, each player must be certified by their university to meet the qualifications for the Award, including: candidates must be a full-time student making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates should contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered based on their performance over the course of the entire season.
Players not listed on the National Ballot will no longer be eligible for the Wooden Award nor the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. Voting begins at the end of the season, and voters, consisting of 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, will take into account the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.