Dec. 11, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton has been named as one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday. The Naismith Trophy is one of the prestigious national awards presented annually to the men's and women's collegiate players of the year.
The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Clubs Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its pre-season criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for the 2006-07 season.
In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow its preseason list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March. Cingular Wireless, will allow fans to participate in determining this year's winner through text messaging. Fan voting will account for 25 percent of the final results.
Hampton, who became the 10th freshman to ever be named to the All-Pac-10 team last year, is second on Cal this season in scoring (11.7 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and in blocks (1.0 bpg). The Oakland product is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks and is 10th in field goal percentage (52.1%). Hampton, a 2006 preseason All-America choice by Street & Smith, was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Under-20 national team last summer.
The pre-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy are listed below in alphabetical order:
Name Pos. School Matee Ajavon G Rutgers Jolene Anderson G Wisconsin Morenike Atunrase G/F Texas A&M Alison Bales C Duke DeWanna Bonner F Auburn Sha Brooks G Florida Essense Carson F Rutgers Cori Chambers G Georgia Angela Clark F St. John's Marissa Coleman F Maryland Jazz Covington F Louisville Jessica Davenport C Ohio State Dee Davis G Vanderbilt Jessica Dickson G South Florida Shay Doron G Maryland Sylvia Fowles C LSU Katie Gearlds G Purdue Chrissy Givens F Middle Tennessee Devanai Hampton F/C California Lindsey Harding G Duke Kiera Hardy G Nebraska Laura Harper F Maryland Cameo Hicks G Washington Alexis Hornbuckle G Tennessee Charde Houston F Connecticut Tasha Humphrey F Georgia Tiffany Jackson F Texas Tye Jackson F Houston Crystal Kelly F Western Kentucky Crystal Langhorne F Maryland Erlana Larkins F UNC Ivory Latta G UNC Camille Little F UNC Victoria Lucas-Perry G Michigan State Dionne Marsh F New Mexico Lindsey Medders G Iowa State Renee Montgomery G Connecticut Shay Murphy G USC Courtney Paris C Oklahoma Candace Parker F/G/C Tennessee Armintie Price G Ole Miss Allie Quigley G DePaul Noelle Quinn F UCLA Jillian Robbins F Tulsa Megan Skouby C Iowa Brooke Smith F/C Stanford Kristi Toliver G Maryland Mercedes Walker C Pittsburgh Emily Westerberg F Arizona State Candice Wiggins G Stanford