Ebony Hoffman Named To First-Ever John R. Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-America Team
Aug. 14, 2003
LOS ANGELES - USC women's basketball forward/center Ebony Hoffman has been named to the first-ever John R. Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-America team, the awards committee announced Wednesday, Aug. 13. Hoffman is one of 30 candidates for the inaugural award.
The 6-foot-2 Hoffman will be a fourth-year starter for the Women of Troy in the upcoming 2003-04 season. One of the most athletic and talented inside players in the collegiate ranks, Hoffman earned her second All-Pac-10 first team honor last season and was named to the WBCA's Region 8 All-American team. She averaged a team-leading 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, while also posting 2.3 assists per game and 76.0 percent shooting from the free throw line.
Among the other Preseason All-American nominees for the award are Pac-10 players Shawntinice Polk (Arizona), Guiliana Mendiola (Washington, and Nicole Powell (Stanford), as well as UConn's Diana Taurasi and Duke's Alana Beard.
Beginning this season, the John R. Wooden Award will be presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top-20 list, followed in March by the official voting ballot, consisting of the top 10-15 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Over 250 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts across the nation, will then cast their votes for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the United States.
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 university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979), Tim Duncan (1997) and last year's recipient T.J. Ford (2003).
For a complete list of the 2003-04 Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team, visit www.woodenaward.com.