March 31, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore center Devanei Hampton was named an NCAA Division I honorable mention Kodak/WBCA All-American today. The accolade comes on the heels of her selection as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American earlier this week.
Hampton is the first Cal player to earn Kodak/WBCA All-America recognition since Milica Vukadinovic became the school's only first-team selection to the team in 1992-93.
Earlier this month, Hampton became the first Cal women's basketball player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after leading the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and ranking second in scoring (18.9 ppg) in conference games. A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Hampton finished the 2006-07 season averaging 16.6 ppg and 8.0 rpg, placing her seventh and third in the conference, respectively. The product of Oakland, Calif., recorded eight double-doubles and posted at least 21 points 11 times this year.
Also this past season, Hampton registered at least 25 points six times, including career-high 27-point efforts in road games at UCLA and Oregon. In Cal's 72-57 road upset of No. 8 Stanford, she notched 22 points and a season-high rebounds. She posted double-figure points in 28-of-32 games, including the last 17 contests.
Hampton, a Naismith Trophy preseason candidate, also was tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team and twice received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2006-07.
Hampton will begin her junior campaign with 963 career points and 477 career rebounds.
Cal finished 2006-07 with a 23-9 record, which was one win shy of equaling the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the most wins in school history. This year's team also placed third in the Pac-10 - a program best - at 12-6, which matched the 1991-92 squad for the best Pac-10 record in school history. Cal also earned its second consecutive NCAA Tournament selection and will be in pursuit of a program-record third straight bid next season.
This year's Kodak/WBCA All-America team marks the 33rd year of the longest running sponsorship in women's athletics. Selection committees in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions select 10 of the top women's basketball players in the nation to be honored.