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Heel Tough Blog: Davis Earns a Spot on the Wooden Award Ballot

University of North Carolina Athletics

College GameDay was in Durham today to get us ready for tonight’s rivalry matchup against Duke, as Carolina is seeking to win the outright ACC title. During the broadcast, the lists of players under consideration for the Wooden Award were announced, and to no surprise, R.J. Davis was a finalist. Established in 1976, the Wooden Award is to college basketball, what the Heisman Trophy is to college football, as the award honors the Most Outstanding Player in college basketball. 

This is the latest accolade that Davis has earned this season, as earlier this week, he was named a finalist for the Jerry West Award, an award that is handed out to the best shooting guard in college basketball. Next week, Davis will officially be named the ACC Player of the Year, something he’s been the front-runner for since the end of January. He’s also going to be a first-team All-ACC member while being in the conversation to be a first-team All-American and potentially the Naismith Player of the Year. 

Davis enters tonight’s regular-season finale averaging 21.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, while shooting 43% from the field, and 42% from behind the arc. Another big game tonight could get him one step closer to the Wooden Award, as the finalists will be announced on April 2nd. 

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