Terps' starting five among 50 Naismith candidates
ATLANTA -- All five starters for defending national champion Maryland were included in the 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.
The Naismith is an annual award which honors the national player of the year in men's and women's college basketball. Seimone Augustus of LSU won the award the past two seasons. Other notable winners include Diana Taurasi, Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Sheryl Swoopes.
The Top 50 list, selected on last season's performances and expectations for the 2006-07 season, was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow the list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.
A look at the preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy (listed in alphabetical order):
Name Pos. School Matee Ajavon G Rutgers Jolene Anderson G Wisconsin Morenike Atunrase G/F Texas A&M Alison Bales C Duke DeWanna Bonner F Auburn Sha Brooks G Florida Essense Carson F Rutgers Cori Chambers G Georgia Angela Clark F St. John's Marissa Coleman F Maryland Jazz Covington F Louisville Jessica Davenport C Ohio State Dee Davis G Vanderbilt Jessica Dickson G South Florida Shay Doron G Maryland Sylvia Fowles C LSU Katie Gearlds G Purdue Chrissy Givens F Middle Tennessee Devanai Hampton C Cal Lindsey Harding G Duke Kiera Hardy G Nebraska Laura Harper F Maryland Cameo Hicks G Washington Alexis Hornbuckle G Tennessee Charde Houston F Connecticut Tasha Humphrey F Georgia Tiffany Jackson F Texas Tye Jackson F Houston Crystal Kelly F Western Kentucky Crystal Langhorne F Maryland Erlana Larkins F UNC Ivory Latta G UNC Camille Little F UNC Victoria Lucas-Perry G Michigan State Dionne Marsh F New Mexico Lindsey Medders G Iowa State Renee Montgomery G Connecticut Shay Murphy G USC Courtney Paris C Oklahoma Candace Parker F/G/C Tennessee Armintie Price G Ole Miss Allie Quigley G DePaul Noelle Quinn F UCLA Jillian Robbins F Tulsa Megan Skouby C Iowa Brooke Smith F/C Stanford Kristi Toliver G Maryland Mercedes Walker C Pittsburgh Emily Westerberg F Arizona State Candice Wiggins G Stanford
Cingular Wireless, which sponsors the award, will help let fans determine the winner. Text messaging will account for 25 percent of the final results.
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