Oklahoma's Buddy Hield Wins Wooden Award Over Denzel Valentine, Tyler Ulis

Oklahoma Sooners shooting guard Buddy Hield has won the Wooden Award, given annually to the best college basketball player in the country, beating out Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Kentucky's Tyler Ulis.

Hield becomes the second Oklahoma player to win the award, joining Blake Griffin (2009).

Hield ranked second in the country averaging 25.4 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists, winning Big 12 Player of the Year honors. Though he was unable to lead Oklahoma to either the Big 12 regular season or tournament title, he did the Sooners in the Final Four.

Valentine averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game, becoming the first college basketball player to post those numbers since assists became official in the 1983-84 season. The was named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press last week, and was the first Michigan State player to win that honor. However, he finished second in Wooden Award voting.

Ulis was Kentucky's leader as a sophomore, averaging 17.0 points and 7.3 assists per game while winning SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors.

All three players were first team All-American selections, along with Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon and North Carolina's Brice Johnson.

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