Oct. 23, 2013
WACO, Texas - For the third straight year, Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30. The list is based on last year's individual performance and team records and is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members.
Sims is one of two returning finalist for the 2013 Wooden Award. The Irving, Texas, native joins Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike as returning Wooden All-Americans. The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award 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 minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Maya Moore ('09 and '11) and former Baylor standout Brittney Griner ('12 and '13).
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award ceremony.
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Preseason Wooden Award Top 30