Candice Wiggins Named to the 2008 Wooden All-American Team
April 2, 2008
Courtesy: Wooden Award
LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2008) - Wooden Award Chairman Richard 'Duke' Llewellyn announced the 2008 John R. Wooden Award Women's All-America team at The Los Angeles Athletic Club (See attached list) today. The five Wooden Award All-Americans will be invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala, to be held April 11, 2008, at the Los Angeles Downtown Sheraton Hotel.
More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, had until yesterday to cast their votes, a long voting period that allowed voters to evaluate players up through games of the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Voters selected 5 players from the 17 athletes listed on the ballot, and ranked them from 1 to 10. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through games last Sunday, as well as a player's character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player in the eyes of Coach John Wooden. All players on the Wooden All-America team were certified by their schools as maintaining a 2.0 GPA at their current school.
2007 Wooden Award Winner Candace Parker heads the five-player team that includes, in alphabetical order, Sylvia Fowles of LSU, Connecticut's Maya Moore, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Candice Wiggins of Stanford.
The All-American team features two seniors, two juniors and one freshman. Moore is the first freshman selected to the team since Paris in 2006. Conferences represented are the SEC, with two players, and the Pac-10, Big 12 and Big East each with one.
Wiggins, the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer, has two 40-point games in the NCAA Tournament, including a 41-point effort on Monday night to defeat Maryland and advance to the Final Four. She is also the Pac-10's active career leader in both three-pointers and assists.
Parker was a consensus national Player of the Year in leading the Lady Vols to the 2007 NCAA title, and this season she led the SEC in scoring at 21.1 points per game. She scored 25 points last night in a regional final win, despite a dislocated shoulder, to vault Tennessee back to the Final Four. With guard skills at 6-4, she also is among the SEC leaders in rebounds (8.2), blocked shots, steals, and free throw shooting, and was the U.S. National Team's top scorer in 2007. Fowles beat out Parker for SEC Player of the Year honors, and holds the SEC record for double-doubles. She leads the Lady Tigers to the Final Four for the fourth time, where her team will face the Lady Vols.
Moore is the nation's top freshman, and was the first Big East player, male or female, to be named Big East Player of the Year. In her first season with the Huskies, the sharp shooter takes her team to the Final Four, and leads her squad in scoring at 18.1 ppg, while shooting 57.7% from the field and a league-best 48.8% from 3-point range. Paris dominates inside for Oklahoma, where she is a three-time Wooden All-American. This season, the 6-4 center averaged 18.6 points and a nation-leading 15.0 rebounds, shooting 56.1% from the field.
The 2008 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee, will be hosted by The Los Angeles Athletic Club at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 11th. The final vote tally will be released that night as well. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.
About the John R. Wooden Award
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. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), and Tim Duncan ('97) and last year's recipients, Kevin Durant of Texas and returning player Candace Parker of Tennessee.
Women's 2008 Wooden Award All-America Team