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ESPN.com Player of Year Parker headlines All-America teams

3/17/2008
Three of ESPN.com's four panelists voted for Tennessee's Candace Parker for player of the year. AP Photo/Wade Payne

Just how good are Tennessee's Candace Parker and Connecticut's Maya Moore?

Fans from both teams can finally agree on something. The Lady Vols junior and Huskies freshman were the two best players in the country this season.

When it comes to selecting the top player of 2007-08, either player could be a right answer. Parker, who led Tennessee to the 2007 NCAA title, has guided this season's Lady Vols to a 30-2 mark and the SEC tournament title, elevating her game (not to mention her offense) even higher from a level that won her most of last year's national player of the year honors. Moore has helped the 31-1 Huskies stay at No. 1 most of the season and capture the Big East's regular-season and tournament crowns. Tennessee fans are probably already having nightmares that "We have Maya and you don't" will be the next catchphrase all too soon.

Both players have had exceptional seasons, and in another three-and-a-half weeks, either one could be hoisting a national championship trophy.

But when it comes to the best of the best, Parker edges Moore -- and LSU's Sylvia Fowles, probably the other strongest candidate -- for the honor. At least, for the ESPN.com Player of the Year award.

"It is a very close call," ESPN.com columnist Mechelle Voepel writes. "But Parker gets the nod for how consistently she produced no matter what kind of defense was thrown at her or how the rest of her team performed. She did nothing to not deserve repeating as national player of the year."

Our only concern is that these two might never share the court in the college ranks, since Parker -- a senior academically after redshirting her freshman season -- has said she will enter the WNBA draft in April.

Parker and Moore were both unanimous selections to ESPN.com's five-member first team All-America team.

A look at the squads, as voted on by Voepel, fellow columnist Graham Hays, Bracketologist Charlie Creme and ESPN.com women's basketball editor Melanie Jackson (click here to cast your vote; stats through games played as of March 13; * denotes unanimous pick):

Also receiving votes: Renee Montgomery, UConn; Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin; Ashley Walker, Cal.