Appel, Hampton and Wiggins Named 2007-08 Wooden Award Candidates

Nov. 2, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Three Pac-10 players, including STANFORD's Jayne Appel and Candice Wiggins, and Devanei Hampton of CALIFORNIA, have been named 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award preseason candidates.

The list is composed of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 30 candidates 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.'

Appel, the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades in her first collegiate campaign as she finished the season 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.2 ppg), seventh in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and second in field goal percentage (.538). Averaging less than 20 minutes per game, Appel led the Conference with 61 blocks, establishing a single-season Stanford record.

Hampton, the first Cal women's basketball player ever to be selected as Pac-10 Player of the Year, finished her award-winning year seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.6 ppg), third in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and fifth in field goal percentage (.528). Named to the 2007-08 Wade Trophy Watch List, Hampton owns the third-highest career scoring average in Cal history (16.1 ppg).

Wiggins, the 2005 and 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is a three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and enters her senior season as one of the most decorated players in Pac-10 history. On virtually every preseason watch list, Wiggins finished sixth in the Conference in scoring (16.9 ppg), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.441) and first in 3-point field goals made (82) in 2006-07, despite missing five games because of injury.

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.

2007-08 WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM - TOP 30 CANDIDATES

Name - Height - Class - Position - School
Jayne Appel - 6'4' - So. - F/C - Stanford
Devanei Hampton - 6'3' - Jr. - F/C - California
Candice Wiggins - 5'11' - Sr. - G - Stanford

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