Vols & Lady Vols top Wooden Award Nominees

The 2008 Women’s John R. Wooden Award ballot, comprised of 17 top student-athletes, was announced today at The Los Angeles Athletic Club by John R. Wooden Award Chairman Richard “Duke” Llewellyn. The Wooden Award winner will be announced on Saturday, April 12, during a special ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

A panel of more than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, have until 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 31 to cast their votes for the five-member women’s All-American Team and Player of the Year, a long voting period that allows voters to evaluate players up through the first several rounds of the NCAA Tournament. All players on the ballots have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

2007 Women’s Wooden Award winner Candace Parker, of Tennessee, returns to the women’s ballot. She is joined by returning Wooden All-Americans Courtney Paris of Oklahoma and Sylvia Fowles of LSU. The 6-4 Parker, who can play any position on the court, is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 rebounds for the No. 3-ranked Lady Vols. She led her squad to the 2008 SEC Tournament Championship last night with a 61-55 victory over LSU, picking up Tournament MVP honors for the second time in her illustrious career. A U.S. National Team member in 2007, she has announced that this will be her final year of college basketball, as she will graduate this spring.

Paris, a two-time Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, averages 18.3 points and 14.4 rebounds for the Sooners. A 6-6 center, Fowles leads LSU in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounds (8.6). Her LSU team fell to Tennessee last night in the finals of the SEC Tournament, but won the SEC regular season title by virtue of a win last month over the Lady Vols.

Connecticut (Tina Charles and Maya Moore) and Maryland (Kristi Toliver and Crystal Langhorne) were the only two schools with two balloted players. The Big East Conference had four players chosen to the women’s slate, followed by the ACC, SEC and Big 12 with three, the Sun Belt with two, and the Pac-10 and Big Sky with one apiece.

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 held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-12. 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.

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The 2008 John R. Wooden Award ballot was announced today at The Los Angeles Athletic Club by John R. Wooden Award Chairman Richard “Duke” Llewellyn. The Wooden Award winner will be announced on Saturday, April 12, during a special ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

A panel of more than 1,000 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, have until 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 31 to cast their votes, a long voting period that allows voters to evaluate players up through games of the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. All players on the ballots have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Two returning Wooden All-Americans, both of whom lead Top 5 teams, were chosen to the men’s ballot: No. 1-ranked North Carolina’s 6-10 Tyler Hansbrough and No. 5 Kansas’ Brandon Rush. Hansbrough leads the ACC in scoring (23.1 points) and rebounding (10.5 rebounds), while the 6-6 Rush averages 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds from the guard position for the Jayhawks, who have clinched at least a share of the Big 12 title.

Four schools have two players on the ballot: Indiana (D.J. White and Eric Gordon), Tennessee (Chris Lofton and Tyler Smith), UCLA (Kevin Love and Darren Collison), and Memphis (Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose). Six seniors and seven freshmen made the list. The Pac-10 Conference had five balloted players, followed by the SEC with four, the Big Ten, Big East and Big 12 with 3, the ACC and Conference USA with 2, and the Missouri Valley and Southern with one.

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 held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of April 11-12. 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.

Story Courtesy: UT Vols & Lady Vols Sports Information & The Wooden Award


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