Sullinger only returning finalist for Wooden Award



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and freshmen Austin Rivers of Duke and teammates Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis of Kentucky are among the 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the nation’s top men’s college basketball player.

The finalists were announced Tuesday. The winner will be announced on ESPN at the Final Four in New Orleans and the award will be presented April 6 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Sullinger is the only finalist returning from last year. The sophomore forward averages 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Guard Rivers and forwards Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis are the only freshmen on the list.