Xavier's Harris Named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20
Jan. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. Xavier redshirt senior Amber Harris was named to the list which is comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the current frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Harris, Xavier's first WBCA State Farm All-American in 2010, was also listed on the final 2010 Wooden Award ballot. She is currently averaging 19.9 ppg. and 10.1 rpg. for the Musketeers and also leads the Atlantic 10 in blocks (2.4).
Connecticut's Maya Moore, the 2009 Wooden Award winner and a 2008 and 2010 Wooden Award All-American, is looking to become only the second four-time Wooden Award All American, after Courtney Paris of Oklahoma accomplished the feat from 2006-09.
The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards. Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are eligible for this midseason list but did not appear on the preseason Top 30. All players nationally who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
An unprecedented nine players from the 2010 Wooden Award ballot return to the midseason list in 2011, including the nation's No. 1 (Dawn Evans of James Madison) and No. 3 scorers (Jantel Lavender of Ohio State). The Wooden Award Women's Advisory Board had an especially difficult task in preparing this year's midseason list, with several members commenting that they could find six or seven additional players who were deserving beyond the 20 selected. Competition for one of the 20 spots on the Wooden Award Ballot is expected to be especially tough this year.
Stanford and North Carolina were the only two schools with two players chosen to the list. The ACC had the highest number of players chosen, with four. Other conferences with multiple players represented include the Big East (3), Pac-10 (3), Big 12 (3), SEC (2), and Big 10 (2). The Atlantic 10, CAA, and West Coast Conferences each had one selection.