March 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
he John R. Wooden Award Ballot Selection Committee announced the student-athletes named to the official John R. Wooden Award National Ballot that decides the women's 2009 Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate female basketball player. Baylor junior post Danielle Wilson is one of 19 student-athletes, and one of four Big 12 Players, included on the prestigious list.
Wilson, who has missed Baylor's last two games with a knee injury, is averaging a team-leading 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds a game and leads the Big 12 and ranks nationally (No. 7) in blocks per game at 3.1. The 6-3 post was recognized as an All-Big 12 first-team selection and was named to the league's All-Defensive team as well. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native was also named to the mid-season Naismith Award list.
A panel of more than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, have until 3 p.m. EST on Monday March 30 to cast their votes, a long voting period that allows voters to evaluate players up through games of the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. All players on the ballots have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
In total nine seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores were chosen to the women's National Ballot. The Big East tops the 19-player list with five players, followed by the ACC (4), Big 12 (4), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1), Big Ten (1), Atlantic 10 (1) and Sunbelt (1).
The 2009 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners and the Legends of Coaching Award to Rick Barnes of Texas, will be hosted by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday, April 10.
About The John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), and Tim Duncan ('97), Kevin Durant of Texas ('07) and Candace Parker of Tennessee ('07 and '08).
2008-2009 Wooden Award - Women's National Ballot
Jayne Appel 6-4 F/C Jr. Stanford
Chante Black 6-5 F/C Sr. Duke
DeWanna Bonner 6-4 G Sr. Auburn
Alysha Clark 5-10 F Jr. Middle Tennessee St.
Marissa Coleman 6-1 G/F Sr. Maryland
Jantel Lavender 6-4 C So. Ohio State
Shalee Lehning 5-9 G Sr. Kansas State
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 F Sr. Louisville
Renee Montgomery 5-7 G Jr. Connecticut
Maya Moore 6-0 F So. Connecticut
Courtney Paris 6-4 C Sr. Oklahoma
Ta'Shia Phillips 6-6 C So. Xavier
Epiphanny Prince 5-9 G Jr. Rutgers
Andrea Riley 5-5 G Jr. Oklahoma State
Kristi Toliver 5-7 G Sr. Maryland
Ashley Walker 6-1 F Sr. California
Danielle Wilson 6-3 G Jr. Baylor
Monica Wright 5-11 G Jr. Virginia
Shavonte Zellous 5-11 G Sr. Pittsburgh