Sure, you have to be really, really, really good at shooting a ball through a hoop and you have to be able to dribble it through your legs a few times, but apparently you can be out to lunch in all other aspects of life and still win the "prestigious" Wooden Award. The award is given to the best college basketball player of the year for both men and women.
I was unaware of its academic standards until today when I read this,
"All 10 members of the team have maintained at least a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average and are making progress toward graduation, two components of the award that were insisted upon by the late UCLA coach, whose name is on the award." - ESPN
I guess the award is really only about basketball, so why even mention the academic side of things? Who thinks 2.0 shows anything about a student? I mean a 2.0 is really not putting a lot of effort in, and there are players who are not able to qualify for the award every year due to academics (Ben Simmons this year).
How do you explain that? Simmons was by far the most hyped player coming into the college basketball season, and now he isn't even on the shortlist due to academics. The team of 2.0 superstars is below.
Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, Brice Johnson of North Carolina, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State, Grayson Allen of Duke, Kris Dunn of Providence, Perry Ellis of Kansas, Yogi Ferrell of Indiana and Georges Niang of Iowa State.
I don't understand, either give the award based solely on basketball skills, or give me at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 requirement. I
If we're telling the truth, everyone on the Wooden Award short list is going to go on to play some sort of professional basketball and make more money then they know what to do with, so they don't need to be able to read or write, right?
2.0 is mediocre, its the definition of mediocre. Its like the Dallas Cowboys record over the last decade and a half.
Congrats men, you are really tall, really athletic, really gifted, and really privileged.