Frank Kaminsky of national runner-up Wisconsin and Breanna Stewart of three-time national champion Connecticut have won John R. Wooden Awards as national college basketball players of the year.
They received their trophies Friday night during the first College Basketball Awards at the Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
For Kaminsky, it was the last in a raft of player of the year awards for the senior center. Earlier in the evening, Kaminsky won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year trophy.
Kaminsky led the Badgers to the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, and the NCAA tournament championship game, where they lost to Duke after upsetting undefeated and No. 1 Kentucky in the semifinals. He averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks.
Kaminsky received 3,385 points in voting from nearly 1,000 national college basketball experts and online fan voting. Jahlil Okafor of Duke finished second with 3,060 points, Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky third with 2,361.
UConn's Stewart averaged 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Huskies, who finished 38-1. Stewart received 469 points. Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame was second at 440, and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina third with 296.
Other position winners on the men's side: Freshman D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State won the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award.
Senior Delon Wright of Utah won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award. Freshman Stanley Johnson of Arizona won the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award. Junior Montrezl Harrell of Louisville has won the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year award.
Surgery for Hoiberg
Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, 42, said that he's scheduled to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, a procedure he put off twice during the season.
Hoiberg, who retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues, will have the surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
"I can't tell you how lucky I am that I know about this, that I can have this done," said Hoiberg, the former Timberwolf. "Technology is at a point today where you can live a normal life."
He is expected to need about 4-6 weeks to recover. He's hopeful he'll be healthy enough to recruit in July.
Dekker headed to pros
Wisconsin's Sam Dekker on Friday confirmed what had been expected, that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2015 NBA draft. The draft is June 25 at the Barclays Center in New York.
"These past three years have been the best, most memorable years of my life," Dekker said in a statement. "Growing up in the state and being able to wear Wisconsin across my chest has been a dream come true.
"It is difficult to leave Madison and the only state I've called home, but I'm excited for the next chapter of my life."
• Washington leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss and two others have been granted their release and will transfer. Goss, a sophomore, averaged 15.6 points.
• Alabama guard Ricky Tarrant is leaving the program. New Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Tarrant was granted his release to transfer for his senior season. He averaged 13.1 points per game last season but missed the final 15 games with a foot injury.