The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee announced the top 21 candidates for the award today. Because of a tie in the voting, 21 players were named rather than the traditional 20. The midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season.
From the committee’s release:
“The depth and breadth of talent in the women’s game is really apparent,” said Women’s John R. Wooden Award Chairman Richard “Duke” Llewellyn. “Many, many players received votes this year, and I am sure we will see players on the ballot who are not even on this midseason list, as they will step up as we get into conference play.”
Just as players who are not on the preseason list are eligible for the Midseason Top 20, players who do not make the Midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee. Players selected to the national ballot will have to be certified by their university as making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Among the Midseason Top 20 candidates are returning Wooden Award winner Maya Moore of No. 1-ranked Connecticut (19.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and her teammate, center Tina Charles (17.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg). No. 2 Stanford also had two players selected, center Jayne Appel and forward Kayla Pedersen. Four 2009 National Ballot honorees were named as 2009-10 midseason candidates: Appel, Alysha Clark (Middle Tennessee), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), and Monica Wright (Virginia).
2009-10 Wooden Award Top 20 List
The Big East leads the Midseason Top 20 with 4 players selected. The CAA and ACC each had three players selected, and the Pac-10, Big 10, SEC and Big 12 had two players each. The Sun Belt, Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conferences had one player chosen. Overall, 48 different players from 36 schools received votes.
More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from across the nation, will then cast their votes to determine both the five-member All American Team and Player of the Year. In late March, the 10-player Wooden Award All American Team will be announced.
MIDSEASON TOP 20
Jayne Appel, 6-4, Sr., F/C, Stanford, Pac-10
Ashley Barlow, 5-9, Sr., G, Notre Dame, Big East
Tina Charles, 6-4, Sr., C, Connecticut, Big East
Alysha Clark, 5-10, Sr., F, Middle Tennessee, Sun Belt
Cetera DeGraffenreid, 5-6, Jr., G, North Carolina, ACC
Allyssa DeHaan, 6-9, Sr., C, Michigan State, Big Ten
Elena Delle Donne, 6-5, Fr., G/F, Delaware, CAA
Dawn Evans, 5-7, Jr., G, James Madison, CAA
Kelsey Griffin, 6-2, Sr., F, Nebraska, Big 12
Brittney Griner, 6-8, Fr., C, Baylor, Big 12
Amber Harris, 6-5, Jr., F, Xavier, Atlantic 10
Allison Hightower, 5-10, Sr., G, Louisiana State, SEC
Jantel Lavender, 6-4, Jr., C, Ohio State, Big Ten
Gabriela Marginean, 6-1, Sr., F, Drexel, CAA
Maya Moore, 6-0, Jr., F, Connecticut, Big East*
Kayla Pedersen, 6-4, Jr., F, Stanford, Pac-10
Brittany Ray, 5-9, Sr., G, Rutgers, Big East
Shekinna Stricklen, 6-2, So., G/F, Tennessee, SEC
Jasmine Thomas, 5-9, Jr., G, Duke, ACC
Courtney Vandersloot, 5-8, Jr., G, Gonzaga, WCC
Monica Wright, 5-11, Sr., G, Virginia, ACC
* 2009 Wooden Award winner, 2008 Wooden All-American