DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell is among 30 early season front-runners for the John R. Wooden Award, as announced this week by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list for college basketball’s most prestigious honor was selected by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.
This week’s espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week, Greenwell is tied for 10th in the country in three-point field goals per game. She also tops the ACC in three-point field goals made (36) along with Stephanie Watts of North Carolina after hitting four in a 74-63 victory over No. 3 South Carolina Sunday.
Greenwell enters tonight’s matchup with Elon averaging 21.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. She leads the Blue Devils in scoring, field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and minutes.
Also a Preseason All-ACC and Naismith Trophy Watch List selection, Greenwell was named to the Wooden Award top 30 chart for the second consecutive season.
Greenwell and the Blue Devils host Elon Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
About the John R. Wooden Award
The 41st annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award® to the men’s and women’s most outstanding basketball player will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s® on ESPN2 on Friday, April 7, 2017. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2017 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy™ will be presented to Muffet McGraw, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Notre Dame.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award® program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male and female player who have proven to their respective universities that they are making progress toward graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Candace Parker (‘07 and ‘08), Kevin Durant (‘07), Maya Moore (‘09 and ’11), Trey Burke (’13), Doug McDermott (‘14), Frank Kaminsky (’15). Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield won the 2016 men’s Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the 2016 women’s Wooden Award.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award® has contributed close to a million dollars to the general scholarship fund of the honoree’s University in the name of the All-American recipient. The Award has also enabled more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award®presentation, and brings together Special Olympics athletes and the Wooden Award All-Americans.
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