COLLEGE STATION- Courtney Walker was one of 50 players, and one of just five sophomores, named to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Walker was a Preseason First Team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches, this season, and was an All-SEC Tournament Team selection a year ago. She is averaging 12.3 points per game this season, with her best effort coming in her last game, a 19 point outing at Houston.
Walker ranks fifth in the SEC in Field Goal Percentage and Assists, and ranks second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Sophomores Bashaara Graves (Tennessee), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Xylina McDaniel (North Carolina), and Breanna Stewart (UConn) join Walker on the list.
Each year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors chooses the 50 pre-season “Naismith Watch” list as well as the mid-season team of 30 candidates. The Naismith voting academy narrows that group down to four finalists who will make up the final ballot. The voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, base its criteria on player performance throughout the season.
Walker and the Aggies return to action on Nov. 28 at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands to take on Memphis. The Aggies face Texas and Syracuse on the island before returning home to play San Diego State on Dec. 3.
The full list of candidates is below:
NAME CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Natalie Achonwa Sr. Forward Notre Dame ACC
Rachel Banham Jr. Guard Minnesota Big Ten
Tiffany Bias Sr. Guard Oklahoma State Big 12
Brittany Boyd Jr. Guard California Pac-12
Gennifer Brandon RSr. Forward California Pac-12
Kirby Burkholder Sr. Guard James Madison Colonial Athletic
Asya Bussie Sr. Center West Virginia Big 12
Hallie Christofferson Sr. Forward Iowa State Big 12
Jerica Coley Sr. Guard Florida International C-USA
Kaela Davis Fr. Guard Georgia Tech ACC
Jazmine Davis Jr. Guard Washington Pac-12
Diamond DeShields Fr. Guard North Carolina ACC
Stefanie Dolson Sr. Center UConn American Athletic
Aaryn Ellenberg Sr. Guard Oklahoma Big 12
Christina Foggie Sr. Guard Vanderbilt SEC
Chassidy Fussell Sr. Guard Texas Big 12
Bashaara Graves So. Forward Tennessee SEC
Chelsea Gray Sr. Guard Duke ACC
Cassie Harberts Sr. Forward USC Pac-12
Bria Hartley Sr. Guard UConn American Athletic
Jordan Hooper Sr. Forward Nebraska Big Ten
Andrea Hoover Jr. Guard Dayton Atlantic 10
Natasha Howard Sr. Forward Florida State ACC
Brittany Hrynko Jr. Guard DePaul Big East
Betnijah Laney Jr. Guard-Forward Rutgers American Athletic
Tricia Liston Sr. Guard Duke ACC
Jewell Loyd So. Guard Notre Dame ACC
Maggie Lucas Sr. Guard Penn State Big Ten
Tyaunna Marshall Sr. Guard Georgia Tech ACC
Ariel Massengale Jr. Guard Tennessee SEC
Kayla McBride Sr. Guard Notre Dame ACC
Xylina McDaniel So. Forward North Carolina ACC
Laurin Mincy RJr. Guard Maryland ACC
Courtney Moses Sr. Guard Purdue Big Ten
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Jr. Forward UConn American Athletic
Jasmine Newsome Sr. Guard Tennessee-Martin Ohio Valley
Chiney Ogwumike Sr. Forward Stanford Pac-12
Haley Peters Sr. Forward-Guard Duke ACC
Theresa Plaisance Sr. Forward LSU SEC
Michelle Plouffe Sr. Forward Utah Pac-12
Ebony Rowe Sr. Forward Middle Tennessee C-USA
Schoni Schimmel Sr. Guard Louisville American Athletic
Meighan Simmons Sr. Guard Tennessee SEC
Odyssey Sims Sr. Guard Baylor Big 12
DeNesha Stallworth Sr. Forward Kentucky SEC
Breanna Stewart So. Forward UConn American Athletic
Alyssa Thomas Sr. Forward Maryland ACC
Courtney Walker So. Guard Texas A&M SEC
Aleighsa Welch Jr. Forward South Carolina SEC
Elizabeth Williams Jr. Center-Forward Duke ACC
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