Aug. 19, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior posts Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton have been selected to the 2008-09 preseason "Wade Watch" list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year award Tuesday. The 25-member list is made up of top Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Walker earned an assortment of other honors for her play during 2007-08, including State Farm/WBCA Region 8 All-American, honorable mention Associated Press All-American (second time), first-team All-Pac-10 (second time) and first-team Pac-10 All-Defensive. The Modesto, Calif., product finished the season first on Cal in scoring (15.3 ppg, 3rd Pac-10), rebounding (9.3 rpg, 1st Pac-10), blocks (1.4 bpg, 3rd Pac-10) and free throw percentage (78.1%, 5th Pac-10) and was second in field goal percentage (51.4%, 4th Pac-10) and steals (1.2 spg). Walker topped the Pac-10 in double-doubles (14) last season, bringing her career total to 34.
Walker, a 2007-08 second-team Sports Illustrated All-American, is the only player in school history with at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks. She is seventh all-time in Cal history in points (1,470), fifth in rebounds (824) and third in blocks (139). Walker has 200 career assists.
As a junior, Hampton was chosen a State Farm/WBCA Region 8 All-American for the second consecutive year and received her second honorable mention coaches' All-America accolade.
Hampton is the only three-time first-team All-Pac-10 choice in school history and a two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American. In 2007-08, she was second on the Bears in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg). In Pac-10 games, the 6-3 Oakland, Calif., native was fourth in the conference in scoring (14.3 ppg) and tied for second in rebounding (8.4 rpg). Hampton has 25 career double-doubles after registering eight last season. She is ninth all-time in scoring in school history with 1,301 points.
This year's list has 18 institutions and six conferences represented. Connecticut boasts the highest number of nominees with three (Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore) while Cal (Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker), Duke (Chante Black and Abby Waner), Maryland (Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver), Rutgers (Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn) and Stanford (Jayne Appel and Kayla Pederson) each add two.
The Big East leads all conferences yet again with eight student-athletes followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (6), the Pacific-10 Conference (4), the Big 12 Conference (3), Big Ten Conference (2) and Southeastern Conference (2).
A quartet of seniors in Walker, Coleman, Toliver and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris made the list for the third year. Several others became two-time "Wade Watchers" including Hampton, Walker, Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan State), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Appel, Charles, Montgomery, Vaughn and Waner.
2008-09 State Farm Wade Trophy Preseason List
The preseason candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy are listed in alphabetical order:
Jayne Appel, Junior, C, Stanford Chante Black, Senior, C, Duke DeWanna Bonner, Senior, G, Auburn Tina Charles, Junior, C, Connecticut Marissa Coleman, Senior, G/F, Maryland Allyssa DeHaan, Junior, C, Michigan State Krystal Ellis, Senior, G, Marquette Devanei Hampton, Senior, C, Cal Jantel Lavender, Sophomore, C, Ohio State Rashanda McCants, Senior, G/F, North Carolina Angel McCoughtry, Senior, F, Louisville Renee Montgomery, Senior, G, Connecticut Maya Moore, Sophomore, F, Connecticut Courtney Paris, Senior, C, Oklahoma Kayla Pederson, Sophomore, F, Stanford Epiphanny Prince, Junior, G, Rutgers Andrea Riley, Junior, G, Oklahoma State Takia Starks, Senior, G, Texas A&M Kristi Toliver, Senior, G, Maryland Kia Vaughn, Senior, C, Rutgers Ashley Walker, Senior, F, Cal Abby Waner, Senior, G, Duke Christina Wirth, Senior, G/F, Vanderbilt Monica Wright, Junior, G, Virginia Shavonte Zellous, Senior, G, Pittsburgh