WACO, Texas – Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims are both named to the watch list for national player of the year honors for the Naismith Trophy and U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.
Griner, a 6-8 senior post, received both awards last season and is a front runner to repeat this season.
Griner is averaging 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 block a game while shooting an impressive .587 from the floor. She ranks No. 4 on the NCAA Women’s Division I’s all-time scoring list with 3,045 points and owns the NCAA block shot record with 709 career rejections so far.
Sims, a 5-8 guard, ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points a contest. She is among the nation’s leaders in assists (5.8 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7).
The Atlanta Tip Off Club designated 30 top candidate for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award. If Griner repeats, she would become only the sixth player to win back-to-back Women’s Naismith Trophies. The top 30 candidates were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which bases its criteria on player performance during the current season. The voting academy will narrow the list down to four players in late March. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be presented on April 8, 2013.
For the ninth consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to text their votes and help determine the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner. Voting will open to fans on Monday, March 25.
Griner and Sims are two of the 20 players named by the USBWA for its Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch list. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the players to be included, the list includes nine seniors, nine juniors and two sophomores.
The award will be presented at the USBWA women’s awards press conference on April 7 in the interview room of the New Orleans Arena (3:30 p.m. CT), prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinals.