LOS ANGELES, Ca.- Texas A&M junior Kelsey Bone was named to the John R. Wooden Award Finalist list announced today by The Los Angeles Club. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Bone was named the SEC Tournament MVP last week following Texas A&M’s first ever SEC Tournament title. In the three games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center last week Bone nearly averaged a double-double with 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in victories over No. 14 South Carolina, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 7 Kentucky. On the year, Bone averaged 16.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Bone’s 559 points this season are the fifth highest total in program history and her 318 rebounds rank third.
Hundreds of members of the college basketball media will vote on the Wooden Award Player of the Year and All American team, with voting concluding Wednesday, March 27.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 12, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.
The ACC nabbed four of the 15 selections, followed by the Big East and SEC each with three; the Big 12 had two; and the CAA, Big Ten and Pac-12 had one apiece.
About the John R. Wooden Award
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. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11).
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.
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2012-13 John R. Wooden Award®
PLAYER Ht. Yr. Pos. School
Kelsey Bone 6'4 Jr. C Texas A&M
Elena Delle Donne$ 6'5 Sr. G/F Delaware
Skylar Diggins$ 5'9 Sr. G Notre Dame
Stefanie Dolson 6'5 Jr. C Connecticut
Chelsea Gray 5'11 Jr. G Duke
Brittney Griner #$% 6'8 Sr. P Baylor
Tianna Hawkins 6'3 Sr. F Maryland
Maggie Lucas 5'10 Jr. G Penn State
A’dia Mathies 5'9 Sr. G Kentucky
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6'0 So. F Connecticut
Chiney Ogwumike 6'3 Jr. F Stanford
Meighan Simmons 5'9 Jr. G Tennessee
Odyssey Sims 5'8 Jr. G Baylor
Alyssa Thomas 6'2 Jr. F Maryland
Elizabeth Williams 6'3 So. C Duke
Players listed alphabetically.
# 2012 Wooden Award winner
$ 2012 Wooden All American
% 2011 Wooden All American