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Three Huskies Added to 2017 "Wade Watch" List

Feb. 6, 2017

ATLANTA — Junior Gabby Williams, and sophomores Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson were added to the “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the 2017 Wade Trophy, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association selection committee Monday.

Williams, Collier and Samuelson join junior Kia Nurse, who was named to the “Wade Watch” list back in December. Those four Huskies stand atop UConn’s current leaderboard, all averaging double-figure point totals.

The WBCA Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee added 10 players on Monday who will join the preseason “Wade Watch” list of 25 hopefuls. UConn now boasts the highest number of candidates to represent any one team on the current list.

The Wade Trophy — now in its 40th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001.


 

 

Here is the complete 35-member 2017 “Wade Watch” list:

 

Player

Institution

Position

Height

Year

Lindsay Allen

Notre Dame

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Kristine Anigwe

California

Forward/Center

6-4

So.

Monique Billings

UCLA

Forward

6-4

Jr.

Lexie Brown

Duke

Guard

5-9

Jr.

Tyra Buss

Indiana

Guard

5-8

Jr.

Jordin Canada

UCLA

Guard

5-6

Jr.

Alaina Coates

South Carolina

Center

6-4

Sr.

Nia Coffey

Northwestern

Forward

6-1

Sr.

Napheesa Collier

Connecticut

Forward

6-1

So.

Nina Davis

Baylor

Forward

5-11

Sr.

Diamond DeShields

Tennessee

Guard

6-1

Jr.

Asia Durr

Louisville

Guard

5-10

So.

Makayla Epps

Kentucky

Guard

5-10

Sr.

Katelynn Flaherty

Michigan

Guard

5-7

Jr.

Myisha Hines-Allen

Louisville

Forward

6-2

Jr.

Tori Jankoska

Michigan State

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Brionna Jones

Maryland

Center

6-3

Sr.

Alexis Jones

Baylor

Guard

5-9

Sr.

Erica McCall

Stanford

Forward

6-3

Sr.

Kelsey Mitchell

Ohio State

Guard

5-8

Jr.

Mariya Moore

Louisville

Forward

6-0

Jr.

Kia Nurse

Connecticut

Guard

6-0

Jr.

Chantel Osahor

Washington

Forward/Center

6-2

Sr.

Alexis Peterson

Syracuse

Guard

5-7

Sr.

Kelsey Plum

Washington

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Leticia Romero

Florida State

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Katie Lou Samuelson

Connecticut

Guard/Forward

6-3

So.

Brittney Sykes

Syracuse

Guard

5-9

Sr.

Shakayla Thomas

Florida State

Forward

5-11

Jr.

Brianna Turner

Notre Dame

Forward

6-3

Jr.

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State

Guard

6-1

Jr.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Maryland

Guard

5-11

Sr.

Sydney Wiese

Oregon State

Guard

6-1

Sr.

Gabby Williams

Connecticut

Forward

5-11

Jr.

A'ja Wilson

South Carolina

Forward

6-5

Jr.


The “Wade Watch” list will be trimmed to four finalists in March. The WBCA will officially announce the winner of the Wade Trophy during the 2017 WBCA Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Dallas.

 

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