Oct. 31, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior center Devanei Hampton has been named one of the 30 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.
The award is named for the three-time college basketball All-American, 1932 Player of the Year and 10-time national championship coach at UCLA. The list of candidates is composed of student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performances and team records, are the frontrunners for one of college basketball's most coveted trophy. Those 30 players are comprised of returning players. Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for this preseason list. They will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason Top 20 list and the National Ballot.
"The Committee had an incredibly difficult task in narrowing down the nation's top 30 women's players, because over 50 players received at least one vote for the preseason list," said Wooden Award Chairman Duke Llewellyn. "Our entire team at the Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation vie for basketball's Player of the Year Award."
In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed by the official voting ballot in March consisting of approximately 15 players. In order to be considered for the National Ballot, each player must be certified by her university as meeting the Award's criteria, including making progress toward graduation, and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Over 200 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts from across the nation, will cast their votes for the five-member All-America team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the nation.
The 2008 Wooden Award Weekend, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-America teams and the Legends of Coaching Award to Pat Summitt from the University of Tennessee, will take place April 11-12, 2008. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the award celebration and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Times Athletic Club in their name to their university's general scholarship fund.
Hampton is also on this year's State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List and is a preseason All-Pac-10 selection. The Sporting News named her a preseason second-team All-American and CSTV.com selected Hampton a third-team preseason All-American.
Last season, 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. The Oakland, Calif., product also was chosen an honorable mention All-American by Kodak/WBCA and the Associated Press. 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. She recorded eight double-doubles and posted at least 21 points 11 times last year.
Hampton and Stanford's Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel represent the Pac-10 Conference on this season's Wooden Award Preseason Top 30.
2007-08 Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 (alphabetical order) Matee Ajavon, Rutgers Charel Allen, Notre Dame Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin Nicky Anosike, Tennessee Jayne Appel, Stanford Kimberly Beck, George Washington Tina Charles, George Washington Marissa Coleman, Maryland Allyssa DeHaan, Michigan State Essence Carson, Rutgers Sylvia Fowles, LSU Devanei Hampton, California Amber Harris, Xavier Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee Tasha Humphrey, Georgia Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky Erlana Larkins, North Carolina Angel McCoughtry, Louisville Renee Montgomery, Connecticut Mandy Morales, Montana Marscilla Packer, Ohio State Courtney Paris, Oklahoma Candace Parker, Tennessee Takia Starks, Texas A&M Kristi Toliver, Maryland Kia Vaughn, Rutgers Merces Walker, Pittsburgh Abby Waner, Duke Candice Wiggins, Stanford