LOS ANGELES-- The accolades keep rolling in for University of Delaware women’s basketball senior Elena Delle Donne as she was recognized as one of five players named to the John R. Wooden All-American Team for 2012-13.
The Wilmington, Del. native is no stranger to the award as she has now been named an All-American in back-to-back seasons and was also honored as a Top 20 finalist during her sophomore campaign. Delle Donne is the only Blue Hen in program history to earn All-American honors.
Earlier this week, Delle Donne was named to The Associated Press women’s All-America First Team, also for the second straight year.
Delle Donne recently finished her collegiate career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points. She wrapped up her senior campaign averaging 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 assists in 30 games for the Hens.
The forward helped lead the No. 15 Blue Hens to 104 victories, four 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons, two Colonial Athletic Association titles and two NCAA Tournament berths during her four seasons at UD. Most recently, Delle Donne guided Delaware to the first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history.
Individually, Delle Donne scored in double figures in 113 of 114 games played for the Hens. The lone contest she didn’t score in double figures, she left the game early due to illness. Additionally, Delle Donne collected 46 double doubles, 96 20-point games and 37 30-point games throughout her illustrious career.
Delle Donne is a three-time CAA Player of the Year and repeated this year as the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team, which is made up of the five student-athletes who received the most votes from hundreds of women’s college basketball media members from through the country.
The John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala 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.
Delle Donne is one of three to return to the team from last season in addition to Baylor senior Brittney Griner and Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins. Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor junior Odyssey Sims round out the team.
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), Danny Manning (’88), TJ Ford (’03), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore (’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 weeklong 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 daylong 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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2013 John R. Wooden Award Women’s All-American Team
Elena Delle Donne (Sr., Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Sr., Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Sr., Baylor), Chiney Ogwumike (Jr., Stanford), Odyssey Sims (Jr., Baylor)