Chelsea Gray has been voted one of 10 members of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-America team, which was announced this week.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University sophomore
One of the top point guards in the nation, Gray was selected to the team along with Brittney Griner (Baylor), Shenise Johnson (Miami), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), A’dia Mathies (Kentucky), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) and Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State).
Gray, who is a product of Stockton, Calif., averaged 12.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals on the season for the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (27-6). She ranked 12th nationally in assists and 29th in steals. The 5-11 playmaker elevated her game even more in the NCAA Tournament averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 steals as she was named to the Fresno Regional All-Tournament team.
Other honors Gary has received this season include Naismith Midseason Player of the Year list, All-ACC Tournament second team, First Team All-ACC, two-time ACC Player of the Week and a John R. Wooden Award preseason list. Gray totaled the Duke single-season record for double-digit assist contests as she collected four games with 10 or more dishes on the year. She also posted just the fourth triple-double in school history against Pittsburgh with 14 points, a school-record 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Gray’s 201 assists on the season is a new Duke single-season record, while she also notched a NCAA Regional record-tying eight steals against St. John’s. She collected at least 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in 18 different games on the season.
Duke owns eight different USBWA All-America selections over the history, which ranks second all-time. Connecticut owns a team-best nine and Stanford is third with seven. Other Blue Devil USBWA All-America selections were Alison Bales (2007), Alana Beard (2002-04), Chante Black (2009), Monique Currie (2005-06), Lindsey Harding (2007), Georgia Schweitzer (2001) and Jasmine Thomas (2010). Duke has posted at least one person on the USBWA All-America team for four straight years.
The USBWA Women’s All-America Team is the nation’s best 10 players, regardless of position, as selected by representatives of the USBWA. These ten standouts are the finalists for the USBWA’s National Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Tuesday, April 3.
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