COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M junior Kelsey Bone has been added to the Wade Trophy Watch List, announced this morning by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition. Bone was added to the list along with seven other players that have not only excelled athletically, but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court.
The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The State Farm Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Joining the preseason list of 25 "Wade Watch" hopefuls are Bone, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon of Cal Berkeley, Kelly Faris of Connecticut, Tianna Hawkins of Maryland, Chelsea Hopkins of San Diego State, Niveen Rasheed of Princeton and Meighan Simmons of Tennessee.
The State Farm Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce the State Farm Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four® in New Orleans.
The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past 10 years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner.
The Houston native leads the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage (59.8) and is tied for the lead in rebounds per game (9.7), leading to two Player of the Week honors this season. Bone is tied for the lead in the SEC in double-doubles this season with ten, bringing her career total to 24 double-doubles. Bone, Simmons and Kentucky Senior Guard A'dia Mathies are the only representatives from the SEC.
Bone and the Aggies return to action tonight on Big Monday against LSU on ESPN2 at 8:00 pm (CT).
The complete 2012-13 State Farm Wade Watch list:
|Alex Bentley||Penn State||Guard||Senior|
|Kelsey Bone||Texas A&M||Center||Junior|
|Heather Butler||UT Martin||Guard||Junior|
|Elena Delle Donne||Delaware||Forward||Senior|
|Skyler Diggins||Notre Dame||Guard||Senior|
|Tayler Hill||Ohio State||Guard||Senior|
|Chelsea Hopkins||San Diego State||Guard||Senior|
|Maggie Lucas||Penn State||Guard||Junior|