John R. Wooden Award Announces Women’s Preseason Top 30 List

John R. Wooden Award Announces Women’s Preseason Top 30 List

All-Americans Return in Stanford’s Ogwumike and three-time pick Moore of U. Conn

Los Angeles (October 5, 2010)— The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Women’s Preseason Top 30 list; the men’s list was released yesterday. The women’s list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Connecticut’s Maya Moore, the 2009 Wooden Award winner and a 2008 and 2010 Wooden All American, returns to lead her team as a senior. She is looking to become only the second four-time Wooden All American pick after averaging 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a year ago for the undefeated Huskies. Ogwumike, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, averaged 18.5 ppg and 9.9 rpg a year ago for Stanford.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December’s Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 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 “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.

Six schools, all perennial top programs at the national level, had two players chosen to the Preseason List: Connecticut (Moore, Tiffany Hayes); North Carolina (Jessica Breland, Italee Lucas); Ohio State (Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis–both Wooden Award ballot picks in 2010); Stanford (Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen); Tennessee (Angie Bjorklund, Shekenna Stricklen); and Xavier (Ta’Shia Phillips, Amber Harris).

The ACC and Big East each had five players named to the preseason Top 30. The Big 12, Big 10, Pac-10 and SEC each had three selections, followed by the Atlantic 10 and CAA with two, and the Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt and West Coast with one. Only four sophomores made the list: Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame.

2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List, Women

  Name Height Class Position University Conference  
Danielle Adams 6-1 Sr. F/C Texas A&M Big 12
Kachine Alexander 5-9 Sr. G Iowa Big Ten
Angie Bjorklund 6-0 Sr. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jessica Breland 6-3 Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Elena Delle Donne 6-5 So. G/F Delaware CAA
Skylar Diggins 5-9 So. G Notre Dame Big East
Jasmine Dixon 6-0 Jr. F UCLA Pac 10
Victoria Dunlap 6-1 Sr. F Kentucky SEC
Dawn Evans 5-7 Sr. G James Madison CAA
Brittney Griner 6-8 So. C Baylor Big 12
Amber Harris 6-5 Sr. F Xavier Atlantic 10
Tiffany Hayes 5-10 Jr. G Connecticut Big East
Shenise Johnson 5-11 Jr. G Miami ACC
Jantel Lavender 6-4 Sr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Italee Lucas 5-8 Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Maya Moore*#% 6-0 Sr. F Connecticut Big East
Deirdre Naughton 5-10 Sr. G DePaul Big East
Nnemkadi Ogwumike* 6-2 Jr. F Stanford Pac 10
Kayla Pedersen 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac 10
Ta’Shia Phillips 6-6 Sr. C Xavier Atlantic 10
Samantha Prahalis 5-7 Jr. G Ohio State Big Ten
Lauren  Prochaska 5-11 Sr. G/F Bowling Green Mid-American
Chastity Reed 6-1 Sr. F Arkansas Little-Rock Sun Belt
Danielle Robinson 5-9 Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Sugar Rodgers 5-11 So. G Georgetown Big East
Shekinna Stricklen 6-2 Jr. G/F Tennessee SEC
Helena Sverrisdottir 6-1 Sr. G/F TCU Mountain West
Carolyn Swords 6-6 Sr. C Boston College ACC
Jasmine Thomas 5-9 Sr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot 5-8 Sr. G Gonzaga West Coast

(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden All American Team)
#indicates player was 2009 Wooden Award winner)
% indicates player chosen to the 2008 Wooden All American Team)

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