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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UConn commit Samuelson named Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year

UConn incoming freshman Katie Lou Samuelson has been named the winner of the Morgan Wootten Award.

Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 wing out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., will receive the national player of the year award on March 31 in a ceremony in Chicago as part of the festivities for the McDonald's All-American Game.

"I am truly grateful to receive the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award," said Sameulson in the release from the McDonald's All-American Game. "It is an honor to be associated with the list of great players who have won this award before me and receive an award from a coach who has accomplished so much on and off the court."

Samuelson is averaging 29.6 points per game as a senior for the Monarchs as she has scored at least 30 points in 16 of 28 games this season. She has scored exactly 2,000 points in her three seasons at Mater Dei after playing at Edison High as a freshman.

Mater Dei hosts Palisades in the first round of the CIF Open Division regional playoffs on Friday. If the seeds hold true to form the Monarchs would play Chaminade, which has handed them both of their losses this season, on Mar. 21 with the winner of that game moving forward to the state tournament.

Also, Samuelson and fellow UConn incoming freshman Napheesa Collier were Naismith first-team All-Americans. Fellow Class of 2015 UConn signee De'Janae Boykin was named to the third team along with Class of 2016 UConn commit Crystal Dangerfield and '16 recruiting target Lauren Cox.

UConn Class of 2017 recruiting target Megan Walker and Capital Prep star Kiah Gillespie, a Maryland signee, were honorable mention selections.


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