The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday on ESPNW that LSU’s Khayla Pointer has been included on the 2022 Women’s National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the national ballot consists of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.
While previously only being included on the Preseason Wooden Watch list, Pointer returns on the National Ballot. She’s been exceptional for the Tigers this season, leading LSU to its first 25-win regular season since 2007-08 to finish No. 2 in the SEC.
Pointer and Morris are the only players from the same team to rank inside the Top-10 in the SEC in scoring, helping LSU score 74.1 points per game to rank second in the conference. The Tigers have their first 25-win regular season since 2007-08 and will enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed later this week.
Pointer has been one of the top guards in the country and in addition to her spot on the Wooden national ballot a spot on watchlist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, Dawn Staley Award and Wade Trophy.
Pointer, a two-time, first-team All-SEC selection, averages 19.0 points (No. 2 in SEC), 6.5 rebounds (No. 18 in SEC) and 5.2 assists (No. 2 in SEC), She’s on pace to set new career marks in each of those categories. She has scored 20+ points in 15 games and had a stretch of 16 straight games scoring in double figures. Pointer became the first LSU player since Seimone Augustus to score 35 points during the Tigers’ game at Florida. Including her two triple-doubles, Pointer has seven total double-doubles this year.
Voting will take place from March 15-22, and voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the 2022 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s will be announced on March 30th.