March 14, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball senior Kalisha Keane was one of 20 student-athletes announced to the final 2011 John R. Wooden Award ballot, released today by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board and The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Keane became the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Player of the Year earlier this month. She also was selected to the First Team All-Big Ten, earning all-conference honors for the fourth-straight season. Keane leads MSU in scoring with 15.9 points per game, also ranking second in assists (2.1) and steals (2.4), and third in rebounds (5.0). She also leads the team with 2.1 3-pointers a game.
Keane was one of three Big Ten student-athletes on the list, joining Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke.
The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the men's and women's Wooden Award winners, will take place April 8, 2011 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Wooden Award Men's and Women's All American Teams will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.
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 minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Blake Griffin ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09). Ohio State's Evan Turner and Connecticut's Tina Charles won the Award in 2010.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the morning after the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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