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Ayton named one of 15 finalists for John R. Wooden Award

Arizona's Parker Jackson-Cartwright, left, Dusan Ristic (14) and DeAndre Ayton celebrate during team introductions before an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton has been named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award handed out to the most outstanding player in college basketball.

The nomination comes at a trying time for Ayton who’s eligibility was put into question after reports had surfaced of a wiretapped conversation between Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins in which the two allegedly discussed paying $100,000 for Ayton’s commitment to the University of Arizona. 

This weekend, however, has been all smiles for Ayton who shed off the distraction and led the Wildcats to a 75-67 win over the Stanford Cardinal recording his 20th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Ayton is one of four freshman who was named a finalist and the only player named from the Pac-12 conference. The Big12 lead all conferences with five nominations.

Voting for the the winner of the Wooden Award will occur from March 12th-19th and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 6.