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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All 3 UConn signees on Naismith player of year midseason list

UConn incoming freshmen De'Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson were among the 15 players on the Naismith Girls High School National Player of Year midseason list.

The semifinals for the award will be announced on Feb. 3, the finalists will be named on Feb. 17 with the winner being announced on March 6.

More honors could be coming as the 24 players playing in the McDonald's All-American Game will be announced tomorrow at 6 p.m. live on ESPNU.

Boykin is averaging 21.5 points as a senior at Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland although she has missed the last seven games with a hand injury.

Collier is averaging 28.9 points (shooting 68 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line), 13.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 4.3 blocks per game as Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis has won 13 games in a row after a 1-2 start.

Samuelson is averaging 28.9 points per game with 10 30-point efforts in 20 games for Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, California, the No. 1 team in ESPN's national high school poll and No. 2 in the USA Today national poll. Samuelson had a season-low seven points in Mater Dei's win over Orange Lutheran on Monday. According to a report in the Orange County Register, Samuelson is  expected to miss tonight's game due to a left knee injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday's game. Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan told the OC Register that he believes the injury is a hyperextension instead of a more serious injury and there's a chance she could return to the court later this week.

Six winners of the award would play at UConn - Tamika Williams, Diana Taurasi, Ann Strother, two-time winner Maya Moore, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart.

UConn announced that the Feb. 9 game against No. 1 South Carolina is sold out. The game will be played at Gampel Paviluon (which opened to the public 25 years ago today) at 8 p.m.

Also, around 500 tickets remain for the Feb. 28 game against Memphis which will include a ceremony honoring seniors Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes as part of the Senior Night festivities.

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Blogger JC said...

I would expect Durr to win the award by a 5-4 vote. 5 of the voters are Peach State basketball folks from Georgia where Durr has gone to camp. So, although KLS is the #1 player in 3 of the 4 recruiting services, she doesn't have the votes on the current Naismith board of selectors.

5:01 PM 

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