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Monday / July 6.
  • Villanova’s Brunson wins Naismith Award; Ayton, Bridges, Brunson, Delgado, Edwards win Player of the Year Awards

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    Villanova’s Jalen Brunson capped a magical year by winning the Naismith Award on Friday.

    Brunson, who led Villanova to its second NCAA championship in three years on Monday night over Michigan, won all three major national player of the year awards for 2017-18, including the Wooden Award and AP National Player of the Year honors.

    Brunson also won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, while his teammate Mikal Bridges won the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

    Arizona’s Deandre Ayton won the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards won the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award and Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

    Villanova coach Jay Wright, who became just the third active Division 1 men’s coach with more than one NCAA championship, won the Wooden Legends of Coaching Award.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.