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Maryland G Wells named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Wells Named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

LOS ANGELES – Maryland men’s basketball guard Dez Wells has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 as announced today on ESPN.com. Wells was chosen through a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.

Created in 1976, the 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 university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The Terps’ leading scorer last season with 13.1 ppg, Wells returns to the Maryland backcourt with a full season of head coach Mark Turgeon’s system under his belt. Wells’ do-it-all ability was on full display Friday against UConn when he scored 13 points and added seven rebounds and six assists.

Wells is one of eight basketball players from the Atlantic Coast Conference selected to the award list.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist 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. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11).

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. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on towww.WoodenAward.com or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.

– Maryland –

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Maryland women Hawkins, Thomas on Wooden Award ballot

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas were both named to the final 15 and made the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.

Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year last week for the second straight season. She is the first Terrapin to earn the honor twice and the first to notch more than one triple-double. Thomas led the ACC in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5). Hawkins finished second in the league in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.5). She was named to the All-ACC First Team.

Maryland, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke are the only schools with two players in the final 15. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Hundreds of members of the college basketball media will vote on the Wooden Award Player of the Year and All American team until March 27.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 12 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.

After finishing the regular season with a 24-7 record, the Maryland women’s basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. with the Selection Show on ESPN.

First Round games will be played in College Park on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the Second Round game will be played in College Park as well on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-baskbl/ncaa-tournament.html.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Terrapins have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in head coach Brenda Frese’s 10 postseasons. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 19-7 (.731). The Terps are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers.

 

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