Assessing the Odds for the 2021 Wooden Award

| December 31, 2020 9:08 am PST
Wooden Award Odds and Contenders in 2021

As we turn the page to 2021, it’s the perfect time to take a peek at the Wooden Award odds.

Despite a ton of postponements and even more cancelations, the cream has had time to rise to the top. Enough games have been played to where we can visibly see who the best players in college basketball are.

Before I assess the contenders, have a glimpse at the pricing.

2020-2021 Wooden Award Odds

Three of the top five Heisman Award candidates played for Alabama. Perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked that three of the top five Wooden Award contenders hail from the same school as well.

Gonzaga is the consensus top team in America on the heels of bludgeoning their competition on a nightly basis. While this is great news for Mark Few, it leads to debates in the media in regards to who is the best player on the team.

In other words, sharing the spotlight in Spokane makes it harder for one of the Bulldogs to stand out.

Speaking of standing out, that’s exactly what one individual is doing in Iowa City.

Luka Garza

Luka Garza
  • School: Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Wooden Award Odds: -400
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Blocks FG % 3P%
27.7 9.6 1.2 2.0 61.1 48.6

Coming off a breakout junior campaign, Luka Garza is playing even better as a senior. The Hawkeyes center has upped his scoring to an NCAA-leading 27.7 ppg and is blocking two shots per game. Perhaps what’s most impressive about Garza are the progressions he’s made from outside of the paint.

We’re talking about a 6’11”, 265-pound big man who’s connecting on nearly 49% of his shots from beyond the arc (18-37). Should Luka continue on this torrid pace, his odds to win the Wooden Award will swell even higher.

Ayo Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu
  • School: Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Wooden Award Odds: +450
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Steals FG % 3P%
24.1 7.2 5.2 1.3 52.4 44.4

It’s safe to say that the high-flying junior in Champaign is starting to heat up. Ayo Dosunmu has scored 30 or more points in three of his last five games and has the Fighting Illini in a prime position to make a deep run in March.

Entering the year as the top-ranked guard in the country and one of the genuine preseason Wooden Award contenders, it should be no surprise to see Dosunmu second on the betting sheet.

Corey Kispert

Corey Kispert
  • School: Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Wooden Award Odds: +1000
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Steals FG % 3P%
21.1 4.6 2.1 0.6 61.6 51.7

If there’s a guy with a purer stroke than Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, please point him out. It’d be one thing to drill north of 51% of your treys if you’re just taking a few wide-open looks per game.

It’s another when you’re lighting your opponents up from 30+ feet with a hand up in your face.

Standing 6’7” and tipping the scales at a meaty 220, the senior swingman is on his way toward a fruitful career at the next level.

Drew Timme

Drew Timme
  • School: Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Wooden Award Odds: +1200
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Steals FG % FT%
19.3 6.9 2.0 0.8 61.1 71.4

Now that Filip Petrusev and Killian Tillie have moved on, Drew Timme is having the coming-out party we all expected. The 6’10” sophomore from Richardson, TX is averaging more than 19 points playing 26.9 minutes, and he’s a major reason the Zags have been utterly dominant.

With that being said, there are two big reasons why I’m bearish on backing Timme to win the Wooden Award. One is the superb play of Corey Kispert. The second is the steady production being supplied by the next guy on this list.

Jalen Suggs

Jalen Suggs
  • School: Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Wooden Award Odds: +1200
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Steals FG % 3P%
15.1 5.9 5.9 2.6 55.6 48.0

Mark Few’s sensational freshmen has lived up to the hype – and then some.

The projected top-pick in this 2021 NBA mock draft (updated on December 30th), Jalen Suggs, is the definition of the total package. The combo guard excels at all phases – dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, plus he’s a supreme defender and born leader.

Look for Jalen’s stock to continue rising as we inch toward March Madness.

Jared Butler

Jared Butler
  • School: Baylor Bears
  • Wooden Award Odds: +2000
Season Stats
Points Rebounds Assists Steals FG % 3P%
15.1 3.6 6.3 1.9 48.2 45.5

Being the best player on the second-ranked team in the nation qualifies you as one of the worthy Wooden Award candidates. However, the fact of the matter is Butler’s being overshadowed by Garza, Dosunmu, and the trio in Spokane.

Nonetheless, the Bears lead guard has become a much more efficient scorer this season and should still be considered for this coveted piece of hardware. After all, if Scott Drew and company end the year as the only undefeated team in the land, Butler’s Wooden Award odds will skyrocket.

Wooden Award Sleepers

  • Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana Hoosiers
  • Jeremiah Earl-Robinson, Villanova Wildcats

I pointed out a website that projected Jalen Suggs going #1 but know that Cade Cunningham is atop the majority of NBA mock drafts. The true freshman in Stillwater led the Cowboys to a 6-0 start out of the gates, although two straight losses (TCU, Texas) have brought OSU back down to Earth.

With Luka Garza and Ayo Dosunmu commanding most of the attention in the Big Ten, I’d be remiss if I didn’t shed light on the second-year power forward in Bloomington. Trayce-Jackson Davis is evolving into a consistent 20/10 threat and has been a menace defensively. If the Hoosiers can win some of their big games in January, Davis’s odds to win the Wooden Award should surge quite substantially.

Finally, most assumed that Collin Gillespie would be Jay Wright’s go-to guy in 2021. Instead, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is leading Villanova in points, rebounds, and blocks.

Jeremiah’s versatility on both ends of the court is off the charts, and he’s quietly developing an outside shot. The sky’s the limit.

Going Away

Take a long look at the Wooden Award odds heading into 2021. Given that these prices will be fluctuating from now until March, there’s no reason to wait to fire any bets in.

Luka Garza is deservingly the favorite, but I’m keeping a close eye on Corey Kispert. If the Zags continue on their current path and Kispert keeps lighting up box scores, the gap between him and Garza will noticeably start to shrink.

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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