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  • The Wooden Award is handed out annually to the college basketball player of the year
  • Gonzaga’s Drew Timme started 2021-2022 as the favorite, but Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe became the odds-on chalk late in the year
  • The graphs below track the odds to win the awards in 2022

Every season, online sportsbooks post odds on who will win the Wooden Award as the country’s top college basketball player.

Here, we track the Wooden Award odds across all major sportsbooks and show the odds movement throughout the season.

Jump to: Wooden Award Favorites | Wooden Award Longshots

2022 Wooden Award Top Contenders

2022 Wooden Award Odds

Player Odds
Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky) -215
Johnny Davis (Wisconsin) +775
Keegan Murray (Iowa) +875
Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) +1200
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) +1200
Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) +3500
Jabari Smith Jr (Auburn) +3900
Jaden Ivey (Purdue) +4000
Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona) +5250
Drew Timme (Gonzaga) +6500
EJ Liddell (Ohio State) +7500
JD Notae (Arkansas) +8000
Collin Gillespie (Villanova) +9000
Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) +10500
Paolo Banchero (Duke) +11500
Johnny Juzang (UCLA) +11500
Zach Edey (Purdue) +20000
Isaiah Mobley (USC) +25000
Max Abmas (Oral Roberts) +25000

Odds as of Feb 28, 2022.

Wooden Award Odds Movement Timeline

  • Feb. 28, 2022: Kentucky’s Tshiebwe has widened his lead significantly. The UK forward is now a -215 odds-on favorite, followed by Wisconsin’s Davis at +775. Iowa’s Murray (+875) is the only other player shorter than +1200.
  • Feb. 13, 2022: A monster two weeks from Tshiebwe has shortened the Kentucky forward’s odds to +118, well ahead of second favorite Cockburn at +575.
  • Jan. 31, 2022: Kentucky’s walking double-double Oscar Tshiebwe has taken over as favorite at +600, narrowly ahead of Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis and Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji (both +650).
  • Jan. 17, 2022: A couple sensational weeks from Johnny Davis (Wisconsin) have made him the betting favorite at +725. Former favorite Drew Timme faded to fourth (+1050) behind Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) and Ochai Agbaji (Kansas), who are both at +875.
  • Jan. 3, 2022: Ohio State’s EJ Liddell has become the co-favorite alongside Gonzaga’s Drew Timme at +600. Kentucky rebounding phenom Oscar Tshiebwe has rocketed into the top ten at +1800.
  • Nov. 24, 2021: Purdue’s Jaden Ivey (+1200) moved into the top four, bumping out Villanova’s Collin Gillespie. Timme (+450), Banchero (+750), and Juzang (+850) continue to occupy the top-three spots.
  • Nov. 16, 2021: Gonzaga’s Drew Timme has opened as a +450 favorite, followed by Duke freshman Paolo Banchero at +750 and UCLA’s Johnny Juzang at +900.

Wooden Award Longshots

Editor’s note: as of mid-February, the list of players had been whittled down to about 30 and all remaining players are now listed in the “Favorites” section, above.  

Past College Basketball Player of the Year Winners

Wooden Award Winner Class Year
Luka Garza (Iowa) senior 2021
Obi Toppin (Dayton) sophomore 2020
Zion Williamson (Duke) freshman 2019
Jalen Brunson (Villanova) junior 2018
Frank Mason III (Kansas) senior 2017
Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) senior 2016
Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) senior 2015
Doug McDermott (Creighton) senior 2014
Trey Burke (Michigan) sophomore 2013
Anthony Davis (Kentucky) freshman 2012
Jimmer Fredette (BYU) senior 2011
Evan Turner (Ohio State) junior 2010
Blake Griffin (Oklahoma,) sophomore 2009
Tyler Hansbrough (UNC) junior 2008
Kevin Durant (Texas) freshman 2007
JJ Redick (Duke) senior 2006
Andrew Bogut (Utah) sophomore 2005
Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s) senior 2004
TJ Ford (Texas) sophomore 2003
Jason Williams (Duke) junior 2002
Shane Battier (Duke) senior 2001
Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati) senior 2000

Archived Naismith POY Odds: 2021, 2020

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Mitch graduated from Ryerson University's Sport Media program in June of 2018, and has been with SBD since 2019. He's worked in broadcast and digital for the Score, Sportsnet, TSN & CBC and has done play-by-play work for basketball at all levels including NCAA, Pan Am Games & U Sports.