March 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Brittney Griner is one of five women's basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's All-America team the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today.
Griner, a 6-8 sophomore post, is the lone underclassman on the five-member list. The Houston, Texas, native averaged a team-leading 23.0 points and 7.8 rebounds a game this season, which ranks among the NCAA Division I and Big 12 Conference leaders. In addition, she blocked a nation-best 170 shots. Griner was recently named Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship, All-Big 12 first team, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, to the league's All-Defensive team and to the NCAA Championship Dallas Regional All-Tournament team. In addition, she is a finalist for the Naismith, Wooden and Wade Trophy awards. Griner has also been named an AP All-American
All five women's team members, and the top 5 men's vote-getters, are invited to Los Angeles for the April 8 announcement of the 2011 John R. Wooden Award winner as the college basketball player of the year. The presentation of the John R. Wooden Award Trophy will be made as part of the Wooden Award Gala at 6 p.m. that day.
Voters include nearly 1,000 members of the media who cover men's and women's college basketball. Women's voters selected and ranked five players from the 20 athletes listed on the ballot; voters on the men's side selected and ranked 10 players. All players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the Sweet Sixteen (for women) or Elite Eight (for men), as well as a player's character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player.
The Wooden Award Women's All-Americans are: