Nov. 7, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball junior Allyssa DeHaan was one of 30 collegiate student-athletes to be named a candidate for the prestigious Women's Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy. It was announced on Wednesday by the Wooden Award Chairman and founder, Richard "Duke" Llewellyn.
DeHaan is one of two Big Ten student-athletes on the list, joining Ohio State's Jantel Lavender. Both of them were also named to the preseason "Wade Watch" list, earlier this offseason, recognizing the candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. DeHaan also earned preseason recognition from the Big Ten, being named to the five-person All-Big Ten Preseason Team at the conference's media day.
DeHaan had another record-breaking season as a sophomore, breaking her own Big Ten single-season blocks record with 150, which tied for fifth most in NCAA history. A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and second-team pick by the coaches, DeHaan led the Spartans with 531 points (14.4 ppg), which ranks fourth on the MSU single-season list. DeHaan became the program's all-time leader in blocks in the Oklahoma game on Dec. 16, and is the first player in Big Ten history to record 100 blocks in two different seasons. The Grandville, Mich., native also led the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg) while ranking second in free-throw percentage (.838) and field-goal percentage (.483). After just two seasons, DeHaan is one of only 17 players in MSU history to collect at least 900 points and 500 rebounds.
In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. The 33rd annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award to Rick Barnes from The University of Texas, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club in April 2009.
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 such notables as Larry Bird (`79), Michael Jordan (`84), Tim Duncan (`97), and last year's recipients, Kevin Durant of Texas and Candace Parker of Tennessee (`07 and `08).
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 as well as sent over 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the awards 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 day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the Friday prior to the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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