The WBCA NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year presented by adidas honors the best freshman collegiate Division I women’s basketball player.
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Any NCAA Division I player who is named as their conference Freshman of the Year is eligible for this award. A freshman player is defined as a first-year player in NCAA Division I women's basketball that is a Freshman or has Freshman eligibility status due to redshirt. Conferences that do not honor a Freshman of the Year may submit a nominee to represent their conference that meets these eligibility requirements.
- Must be a Conference Freshman of the Year (Division I only)
- Present-year game-by-game statistics
Once the Division I Conference Freshman of the Year are selected, the WBCA will collect all criteria listed above from conference SIDs. Any conference that does not select a Freshman of the Year will have the opportunity to submit a nominee in accordance to the eligibility above.
The recipient is selected from the conference freshman of the year list/nominees by the selection committee.
2021 - Paige Bueckers, University of Connecticut and Caitlin Clark, University of Iowa
2020 - Aliyah Boston, University of South Carolina
2019 - Rhyne Howard, University of Kentucky
2018 – Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M University
2017 – Destiny Slocum, University of Maryland