John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Finalists Feature Five ESPN Events Alumni

Wooden Award

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, featured all five finalists for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s in a 2016-17 early-season event.  The five players – Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Josh Hart (Villanova), Frank Mason III (Kansas), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue), and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) – are invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The Charlotte, N.C., based ESPN Events managed six multiple-team events during the 2016-17 season, consisting of the Gildan Charleston Classic, Tire Pros Invitational, Wooden Legacy, AdvoCare Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The multi-day, destination events staged from Charleston, S.C., Orlando, Orange County, Calif., Orlando, Brooklyn and Honolulu, respectively, are all bracket-format tournaments.

In addition to the multiple-team tournaments, ESPN Events also manages three neutral site men’s basketball events including the Armed Forces Classic, State Farm Champions Classic and Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona.

The 2017 ESPN Events college basketball schedule will expand with the addition of PK80 – a 16-team, two-bracket event staged in Portland, Ore., November 23-26, 2017.