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LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2010) – The five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award® were announced today; all are invited to Los Angeles for the April 9 announcement of the 2010 John R. Wooden Award winner as college basketball’s player of the year, streamed live by CBS College Sports Network.

The 2010 John R. Wooden Award finalists are: West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler (17.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg), who led his team to the Final Four this season; Kansas’ Sherron Collins (15.5 ppg, 4.5 ast); Wesley Johnson of Syracuse (16.5 ppg, 8.5 assists), the Big East Player of the Year; Ohio State’s Evan Turner (20.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg), the Big 10 Player of the Year; and Kentucky’s John Wall, who averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 assists in his freshman campaign.

The 34th John R. Wooden Award Presentation Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. Seventh Street in Los Angeles.  In addition to honoring the Wooden All-American teams, the “Legends of Coaching” Award will be presented to Florida’s Billy Donovan, who made his 10th appearance as a coach in the NCAA Tournament this year. The final vote tally will be released that night as well. The event is sold out, but standing room only tickets may be obtained by calling The Los Angeles Athletic Club at (213) 630-5200 for $85.  Internet users may watch the announcement live at 7:30 p.m. that night on the CBS College Sports Network, by using the following link: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=cs&media=175037

The winners will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university’s general scholarship fund.  The Women’s John R. Wooden All-America team and finalists were announced last week.

Men’s 2010 John R. Wooden Award Finalists
Name                         Height Class Position University          Conference
Da’Sean Butler      6-7        Sr.   F          West Virginia   Big East
Sherron Collins     5-11       Jr.   G          Kansas           Big 12
Wesley Johnson    6-7        Jr.   F           Syracuse        Big East
Evan Turner         6-7         Jr.   G/F        Ohio State     Big Ten
John Wall             6-4        Fr.   G          Kentucky        SEC