Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston and junior Elizabeth Williams among those players selected by members of the national college women’s basketball media.DURHAM, N.C. – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday the top 30 preseason candidates for the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team, with Duke’s trio of seniors
The 30 student-athletes named to the preseason list were chosen based on last season’s individual performances and team records, and are considered the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
Duke was one of six schools with multiple players featured on the preseason team, joining California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Meanwhile, the ACC led all conferences with nine overall selections.
Gray, the 2013 Co-ACC Player of the Year and a 2013 WBCA All-America selection, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals before suffering a season-ending injury in the 25th contest of the year. She led the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals as well.
Liston averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals for the Blue Devils in 2012-13 while also setting a school record with 80 three-pointers made. The River Forest, Ill., native ranked third nationally with a 46.5 three-point field goal percentage and earned Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team, All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Tournament Second Team and All-ACC Academic Team accolades as a junior.
One of the top post players in the nation, Williams averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals a year ago. She ranked eighth nationally in blocks in 2012-13 and has swatted a shot in each of her 69 career games at Duke. A product of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams earned All-America honors for the second straight year by the Associated Press, while receiving ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons.
Created in 1976, the John R. 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 or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and
maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the Men's and Women's
Wooden Award winners the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.