Updated November 24, 2023By Chris Boline
Who: The top four women’s players predicted to win the 2024 John R. Wooden Award
What: The 2024 John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players
When: The 2023–24 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season will begin on November 6, 2023 and conclude on April 8, 2024 with the NCAA National Championship
Where: Various sites/cities across North America with the National Championship site set for State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
In what should be a heated competition this year, the race for the 2024 Wooden Award in NCAA women’s basketball features a quartet of sensational contenders. Leading the pack of contenders is reigning AP Players of the Year, Caitlin Clark from Iowa. The sharpshooting point guard is having another strong start this season and will look to lead the Hawkeyes to the promised land. Meanwhile, perennial power UConn has its own sensational star in Paige Bueckers aka “Paige Buckets,” the Wooden Award winner in 2021 who is coming off an ACL injury last year. Meanwhile, two other sensational athletes on the Wooden Award winner radar are LSU’s Angel Reese (2023 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player) and USC’s freshman Juju Watkins (the number one recruit in the most recent high school class by ESPN).
In this article, SBS will be going over what to look for from each of these athletes, a predicted winner, and even more notes about NCAA basketball wagering.
The No. 1 Contender: Caitlin Clark (Iowa) (Odds: -115)
A record-breaking shooter for the Hawkeyes, Clark has been sensational during her collegiate career and has racked up a slew of accolades. During his freshman campaign with Iowa, she led all of NCAA Division I in scoring and was named an All-American. After that, she was selected as a unanimous first-team All-American selection in her sophomore year and was the first female player to lead Division I in points and assists in a single season. Finally, she won the Wooden Award last year and also led the Hawkeyes to their first national championship game.
Caitlin ClarkTo win the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball Wooden Award
No. 2 Ranked Contender: Paige Bueckers (UCONN) (Odds: +300)
Recognized as the number one recruit in her class by ESPN, the former national high school player of the year has been sensational in her career with the Huskies. In her first season at UConn, she was a unanimous first-team All-American selection and became the first freshman to earn a major national women’s college player of the year award. However, her next two campaigns have been marred with injuries – a left knee injury in her sophomore and an ACL tear in her junior season which knocked her out of the whole campaign. However, she was still able to lead her team to the national championship game in 2023, losing to Dawn Staley and South Carolina.
Paige BueckersTo win the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball Wooden Award
The No. 3 Team: Angel Reese (LSU) (Odds: +650)
After transferring from Maryland, Reese has been on an absolute tear for LSU, helping the Tigers reach new heights in 2023. In her junior season, she was named a unanimous first-team All-American selection and helped lead LSU to its first national championship, where she was named Most Outstanding Player. Moreover, this past year Reese set the NCAA single-season record in double-doubles and also the SEC single-season record in rebounds. Known as the “Bayou Barbie,” she is a force for the Tigers who should compete for another national title this year.
Angel ReeseTo win the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball Wooden Award
The Final Contender: Juju Watkins (USC) (Odds: +700)
The only freshman on this list, Watkins is a phenomenal combo guard for the Trojans and perhaps their most exciting player since Lisa Leslie suited up for the Women of Troy in the 1990s. Another number one overall recruit, Watkins earned national high school player of the year honors last year and also led the United States to a gold medal at the 2022 FIBA Under-17 World Cup. A graduate of Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, she is certainly a star in the making for her hometown Trojans.
Juju WatkinsTo win the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball Wooden Award
Prediction: An electric race, take Clark to repeat here given her consistent dominance and progression each season.
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