The Duke women’s basketball season doesn’t officially start until Saturday, November 17th, but two players have received honors already.
Junior guard Chelsea Gray and sophomore center Elizabeth Williams were named to espnW’s Preseason All-American second team. They are joined on the second team by fellow ACCer Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
Gray and Williams were also named to the John R. Wooden Award Watch List. They are two of thirty preseason candidates. Thomas also joins them on this list, along with other ACCers Laurin Mincy (Maryland) and Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech).
For the list of candidates, click HERE.
The ladies weren’t the only ones garnering preseason awards. On the men’s side, seniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee were named to the Wooden Award Watch List. The Duke men’s basketball team made their season debut with a victory at home over Georgia State on Friday night.
Both players are team captains and named All-ACC players. Curry‘s older brother Stephen was a Wooden All-American in 2009 at Davidson. NC State also had two players on the preseason list, CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown. They were two of the seven schools with two players on the list. Louisville had three players on the list.
For a complete list, click HERE.
Here is what you need to know about the Wooden Award (via the Wooden Award website):
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.