WBCA announces ‘Wade Watch’ candidates for 2017 Wade Trophy

ATLANTA (December 1, 2016) — 2016 WBCA Coaches’ All-Americans Nina Davis of Baylor, Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State, Kelsey Plum of Washington, Brianna Turner of Notre Dame and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina headline the “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the 2017 Wade Trophy, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

The Wade Trophy — now in its 40th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the The Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001.

The “Wade Watch” list of candidates for The Wade Trophy is composed of 25 players selected by the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee. The committee will review the list in January to determine if additional players will be added based on their play during the first half of the 2016-17 season.

Here is the list:

Player

Institution

Position

Height

Year

Lindsay Allen

Notre Dame

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Kristine Anigwe

California

Forward/Center

6-4

So.

Jordin Canada

UCLA

Guard

5-6

Jr.

Alaina Coates

South Carolina

Center

6-4

Sr.

Nia Coffey

Northwestern

Forward

6-1

Sr.

Nina Davis

Baylor

Forward

5-11

Sr.

Diamond DeShields

Tennessee

Guard

6-1

Jr.

Makayla Epps

Kentucky

Guard

5-10

Sr.

Katelynn Flaherty

Michigan

Guard

5-7

Jr.

Myisha Hines-Allen

Louisville

Forward

6-2

Jr.

Brionna Jones

Maryland

Center

6-3

Sr.

Alexis Jones

Baylor

Guard

5-9

Sr.

Erica McCall

Stanford

Forward

6-3

Sr.

Kelsey Mitchell

Ohio State

Guard

5-8

Jr.

Mariya Moore

Louisville

Forward

6-0

Jr.

Kia Nurse

Connecticut

Guard

6-0

Jr.

Alexis Peterson

Syracuse

Guard

5-7

Sr.

Kelsey Plum

Washington

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Leticia Romero

Florida State

Guard

5-8

Sr.

Shakayla Thomas

Florida State

Forward

5-11

Jr.

Brianna Turner

Notre Dame

Forward

6-3

Jr.

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State

Guard

6-1

Jr.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Maryland

Guard

5-11

Sr.

Sydney Wiese

Oregon State

Guard

6-1

Sr.

A'ja Wilson

South Carolina

Forward

6-5

Jr.

About the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.

 

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