PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College junior women’s basketball player Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s).
The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN broadcast information will be released at a later date.
2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates
Darby Maggard Belmont
Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut
Ashton Millender DePaul
Rebecca Greenwell Duke
Asia Durr Louisville
Chloe Jackson LSU
Natisha Hiedeman Marquette
Allazia Blockton Marquette
Kaila Charles Maryland
Victoria Vivians Mississippi State
Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame
Lexi Bando Oregon
Jovana Nogic Providence
Jaycee Bradley South Dakota
Kitija Laksa South Florida
Akina Wellere St. John’s
Brittany McPhee Stanford
Dannie Williams Texas A&M
Kennedy Burke UCLA
Tynice Martin West Virginia
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*
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