Eight named to Early Season Naismith Women’s Watch List
SAN FRANCISCO - Eight women’s basketball players from the Pac-12 were named to the the Naismith Trophy’s Early Season Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. The watch list includes 50 of the top women’s collegiate basketball players who will be in the conversation for the prestigious honor. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy recognizes the top Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Players of the Year.
The watch list will be pared down to 30 during the midseason and announced in early February, followed by a semifinalist of 10 announced in early March. The four finalists for the award will be announced in mid-March, with the winner presented on Monday, April 4.
OREGON STATE is tied for the most selections in the country, joining South Carolina and Connecticut with three picks each. Seniors Ruth Hamblin,and Jamie Weisner, and junior teammate Sydney Wiese helped the Beavers win the programs first-ever Pac-12 regular-season title last year and is the favorite to win it again.
UCLA’s Jordin Canada, last year’s Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is one of eight sophomores named to the 50-player list. OREGON senior Jillian Alleyne, who is on track to break the Conference’s all-time rebounding record, and WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum, one of the most prolific scorers in Pac-12 history and the nation’s current scoring leader, have been named to the watch list. CALIFORNIA’s Courtney Range and STANFORD’s Lili Thompson are both juniors and are also among listed those to watch this season for the prestigious honor.
A men’s Naismith winner has been selected annually since 1969 and the inaugural women’s trophy was presented in 1983. For more information on the award, visit naismithtrophy.com.