Walker, Hampton Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List
Dec. 18, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior posts Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton have been selected to the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy preseason candidate watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The award, which is presented by AT&T, is given to the national player of the year.
Walker, a preseason All-Pac-10 selection, currently leads the Pac-10 in double-doubles (6), rebounding (10.7 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.50 rpg) and is second in scoring (19.0 rpg) and blocks (1.90 bpg). She also is third in defensive rebounds (6.20 rpg) and is fifth in field goal percentage (53.5%) and free throw percentage (78.8%).
Hampton, who is also a State Farm/Wade Trophy and Wooden Award candidate, returned to the lineup Dec. 8 after missing the first eight games of the season following knee surgery. Hampton was selected the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading the league in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and finishing second in scoring (18.9 ppg) in conference games. The 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year and 2007-08 preseason All-Pac-10 honoree was also a Naismith Trophy preseason candidate as a sophomore.
AT&T will allow fans to participate in determining this year's winner. Through text messaging, fan voting will account for 25 percent of the final results - more than any other national college basketball award.
In January, the Naismith Trophy voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, will narrow its preseason list to the top 30 players in the nation. Those players will be eligible for the final ballot in March. In April, the Naismith Trophy winner will be recognized at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
Last year's Naismith Trophy recipient was Duke guard Lindsey Harding.
The 50 preseason women's candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Last First Class Position SchoolAjavon Matee Sr. Guard RutgersAllen Charel Sr. Guard Notre DameAnderson Jolene Sr. Guard WisconsinAnosike Nicky Sr. Center TennesseeAppel Jayne So. Forward/Center StanfordBalerio Tahnee Sr. Guard Missouri StateBeck Kimberly Sr. Guard George WashingtonCann Jernisha Jr. Forward IUPUICarson Essence Sr. Guard/Forward RutgersCharles Tina So. Center ConnecticutCirone Kristi Jr. Guard Illinois StateColeman Marissa Jr. Guard/Forward MarylandCowher Meagan Sr. Forward PrincetonDahir Brandy Sr. Forward DrakeDeHaan Allyssa So. Center Michigan StateEdwards Traci Jr. Center Wis.-MilwaukeeEllis Krystal Jr. Guard MarquetteFowles Sylvia Sr. Center Louisiana StateHampton Devanei Jr. Forward/Center CaliforniaHarper Laura Sr. Forward/Center MarylandHarris Amber So. Forward XavierHightower Carlene Sr. Guard/Forward La SalleHornbuckle Alexis Sr. Guard TennesseeHouston Charde Sr. Forward ConnecticutHumphrey Tasha Sr. Forward GeorgiaJackson Tye Sr. Guard HoustonKahle Kelsey Jr. Guard/Forward Portland StateKelly Crystal Sr. Forward Western KentuckyLanghorne Crystal Sr. Forward/Center MarylandLarkins Erlana Sr. Forward North CarolinaMcCoughtryAngel Jr. Forward LouisvilleMcFarland Jackie Sr. Forward ColoradoMontgomery Renee Jr. Guard ConnecticutMorales Mandy Jr. Guard MontanaMurphy Marlena Sr. Forward CampbellNeal Sherell Sr. Forward New Mexico StatePacker MarscillaSr. Guard Ohio StateParis Courtney Jr. Center OklahomaParker Candace Jr. G/F/C TennesseeParker Rebekah Sr. Guard/Forward EvansvilleSmith Tanya Sr. Forward HawaiiStarks Takia Jr. Guard Texas A&MThomas Toni Jr. Forward Cal. State FullertonToliver Kristi Jr. Guard MarylandVaughn Kia Jr. Center RutgersWalker Ashley Jr. Forward/Center CaliforniaWalker Marcedes Sr. Center PittsburghWaner Abby Jr. Guard DukeWiggins Candice Sr. Guard StanfordWright Monica So. Guard Virginia