Women’s hoops: Paris up for Naismith
Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris remains one of 31 candidates in women’s basketball vying for the 2008 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
This is the third season Paris has been a Naismith semifinalist. The 2007 National Player of the Year was one of four finalists for the award as both a freshman and sophomore.
Including Paris (2005), the past three Naismith High School Player of the Year winners are among the candidates. Tennessee’s Candace Parker (2003 and 2004) and Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2006 and 2007) are the others.
The women’s list, which includes 31 candidates because of a tie, was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season, and the list was narrowed down from the pre-season list of 50 candidates who were announced at the beginning of the season.
“It gives us tremendous pride to see our former high school winners continue to improve and take their game to the next level, and become candidates for the college award,” said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. “Additionally, there is tremendous balance as evidenced by the number of seniors and underclassmen, and the fact we had a tie at number 30. Our voters will have a difficult time selecting the winner for the most prestigious award in all of college basketball.”
The list of 31 will be cut to four finalists during the week of Feb. 18-22.
The Naismith Trophy winner will be announced April 7 at the 2008 NCAA Final Four in Tampa.
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