Drew Timme is Favored to Win 2021-22 Wooden Award
Since 1977, the Wooden Award has rewarded the most outstanding college basketball player in the country. We’ve seen legends like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Kevin Durant win the award. Last season, Iowa big man Luka Garza won the award.
Going into the 2021-22 season, Drew Timme opens as the favorite. Last season, Timme’s Gonzaga team nearly went undefeated before losing in the National Championship Game.
There will be a handful of players challenging Timme for the award. Let’s take a look at the odds.
2021-22 Wooden Award Odds
Even before the end of the 2020-21 season, people considered Drew Timme a contender for the 2021-22 Wooden Award.
No. 4 prospect Paolo Banchero and No. 1 recruit Chet Holmgren join Timme and Kofi Cockburn as the top contenders. Cockburn surprised everyone by withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school. I covered him and Illinois in my Big Ten preview.
A little further down the list, you’ll find a pair of March Madness standouts in Johnny Juzang and Max Abmas. Juzang led UCLA on a surprise Final Four run, while Abmas led No. 15 Oral Roberts to the Sweet Sixteen.
Timme opens as the favorite at BetUS. Let’s talk about why he has the upper hand.
Why is Drew Timme Favored to Win the Wooden Award?
Last season, Gonzaga was one win shy of becoming the first team since Indiana in 1976 to finish the season undefeated.
Throughout their run, a lot of people had their eyes on Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert. These players had a lot of success, with Kispert making the All-American First-Team.
With all the hype surrounding them, it seemed like people failed to realize just how great of a season Drew Timme had.
Check out his numbers.
- 19.0 points
- 7.0 rebounds
- 2.3 assists
- 65.5 field goal percentage
He led the team in points and rebounds.
Now in all fairness, Timme did make the All-American Second-Team. He also won the Karl Malone Award, given to the best collegiate power forward.
With Suggs and Kispert going to the NBA, Timme takes over as the star player on Gonzaga.
The 2021-22 season has yet to start and people are already recognizing Timme as one of the top players.
His return was a big reason Gonzaga opened the season No. 1 in the AP Poll. He could’ve gone on to enter the NBA Draft but there was unfinished business at Gonzaga. He wants a chance to lead Gonzaga to their first National Championship in school history.
Team success plays a big hand in the Wooden Award. Despite losing two of their best players, Gonzaga has plenty of talent around Timme.
Chet Holmgren joins the team as the No. 1 recruit. The 7’ 0” center is a top contender for the Wooden Award himself. He’ll aim to help Timme lead Gonzaga to a National Championship.
Timme took a big step from his freshman to sophomore season. Can he take another big step and win the Wooden Award?
Betting on the Wooden Award
As I previously mentioned, it’s important for the potential Wooden Award winner to play on a great team. Gonzaga is always one of the best teams, so I can’t imagine that’ll be an issue.
They’ll have their work cut out for them early in the season with matchups against No. 5 Texas, No. 2 UCLA, and No. 9 Duke. That’ll be fun to watch.
Lately, the Wooden Award hasn’t translated to a ton of NBA success. Among the last nine winners, only Zion Williamson has made it to the NBA All-Star game. Will this year’s winner break that trend?
Throughout the year, the odds will continue to change. Make sure you stay on top of those odds and place your bets using the top college basketball betting sites.