John R. Wooden Award Announces Preseason Top 30



John R. Wooden Award Announces Preseason Top 30

LOS ANGELES (November 17, 2015) – The John R. Wooden Award announced the Women’s Preseason Top 30 today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPNW. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.

womens-trophy-2.jpg2015 John R. Wooden Award winner Breanna Stewart of Connecticut headlines this year’s preseason Top 30 list and is looking to become the fifth women’s player to win the award twice. Two other 2015 Wooden Award All Americans join Stewart on the list: Nina Davis of Baylor and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina.

 

The defending NCAA champion Huskies feature three players on the list: Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck and Stewart. Along with Connecticut, South Carolina also has three candidates (Alaina Coates, Mitchell and A’ja Wilson). Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M each have a pair of players selected.

 

Seven conferences are represented on the list with the SEC boasting seven selections, followed by the ACC and Big Ten with six apiece. The American Athletic Conference has four selections, the Big 12 and Pac-12 have three apiece and the Atlantic 10 has one pick. Of the players on the Preseason Top 30 list, 23 out of 30 are upperclassmen, including 12 seniors. No freshman made the list. Interestingly, two players named Courtney Williams made the list (South Florida, Texas A&M).

 

Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for both the midseason list and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

 

 

 

 

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About the John R. Wooden Award

 

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will take place during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s. Texas Tech Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Tubby Smith, will be presented with the Legends of Coaching trophy during the show as well. The Wooden Award Weekend, April 7-9, 2016, will honor the male and female Wooden Award winners, the top 5 All Americans, and the Legends of Coaching recipient, Coach Tubby Smith.

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’07), Maya Moore (’09 and ’11), Trey Burke (’13) and Doug McDermott (’14). Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart won the 2015 John R. Wooden Award.

 

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympics athletes and the All Americans, takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award presentation.

 

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by liking the Wooden Award Facebook page or following @WoodenAward on Twitter. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact Ernest Baskerville at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

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2015-16 John R. Wooden Award

Preseason Top 30

 

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Lindsay Allen

5-8

Jr.

G

Notre Dame

ACC

Jillian Alleyne

6-3

Sr.

F

Oregon

Pac-12

Ameryst Alston

5-9

Sr.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Adut Bulgak

6-4

Sr.

C

Florida State

ACC

Alaina Coates

6-4

Jr.

C

South Carolina

SEC

Nia Coffey

6-1

Jr.

F

Northwestern

Big Ten

Nina Davis#

5-11

Jr.

F

Baylor

Big 12

Diamond DeShields

6-1

Soph.

G

Tennessee

SEC

Rebecca Greenwell

6-1

Soph.

G

Duke

ACC

Bria Holmes

6-1

Sr.

G

West Virginia

Big 12

Moriah Jefferson

5-7

Sr.

G

Connecticut

The American

Niya Johnson

5-8

Sr.

G

Baylor

Big 12

Brionna Jones

6-3

Jr.

C

Maryland

Big Ten

Jonquel Jones

6-4

Sr.

F

George Washington

Atlantic 10

Kelsey Mitchell

5-8

Soph.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Tiffany Mitchell#

5-9

Sr.

G

South Carolina

SEC

Kelsey Plum

5-8

Jr.

G

Washington

Pac-12

Aerial Powers

6-0

Jr.

F

Michigan State

Big Ten

Leticia Romero

5-8

Jr.

G

Florida State

ACC

Azurá Stevens

6-6

Soph.

F/G

Duke

ACC

Breanna Stewart#*

6-4

Sr.

F

Connecticut

The American

Lili Thompson

5-7

Jr.

G

Stanford

Pac-12

Morgan Tuck

6-2

Jr.

F

Connecticut

The American

Brianna Turner

6-3

Soph.

F

Notre Dame

ACC

Victoria Vivians

6-1

Soph.

F

Mississippi State

SEC

Courtney Walker

5-8

Sr.

G

Texas A&M

SEC

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

5-11

Jr.

G

Maryland

Big Ten

Courtney Williams

5-8

Sr.

G

South Florida

The American

Courtney Williams

6-1

Sr.

F/G

Texas A&M

SEC

A’ja Wilson

6-5

Soph.

F

South Carolina

SEC

 

# indicates player selected as a 2014-15 Wooden Award All American

* indicates player selected as 2014-15 Wooden Award Player of the Year


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