Jayne Appel And Jeanette Pohlen Named Preseason John R. Wooden Award Candidates
Aug. 20, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior center Jayne Appel and junior guard Jeanette Pohlen were named to their second preseason award list in the past month on Thursday, as John R. Wooden Award Chairman and founder Richard 'Duke' Llewellyn announced the Cardinal duo as preseason candidates for the honor.
Thursday's announcement is Appel's third selection as one of the 30 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, while it is the first appearance on the list for Pohlen. Last year, Appel was a finalist for the honor.
The 2009-10 preseason list contains 31 players, not the traditional 30, because the playing status of North Carolina's Jessica Breland is uncertain due to a possible medical redshirt year. Transfers, freshmen and 2009 medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's midseason list and the official ballot released in March.
Stanford is one of just four schools, along with Connecticut, Gonzaga and Ohio State, to have two players named among the 31 preseason candidates. Appel and Pohlen also represent half of the Pac-10's representation on the list, alongside Arizona's Ify Ibekwe and California's Alexis Gray-Lawson.
The reigning 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a State Farm Coaches' All-American, Appel last year led the Pac-10 with a 60.2 shooting percentage and 70 blocked shots, and finish second in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) while being named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
Last season Pohlen enjoyed a breakout sophomore year in which she earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after scoring 10.7 points per game in addition to making a conference-leading 83 three-pointers. The Brea, Calif. native also finished second in the Pac-10 with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio and placing fifth with 3.8 assists per game.
In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women's Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced the week of the 'Elite Eight' round during the NCAA Tournament.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.