Oct. 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES (Seminoles.com) - Florida State senior forward Cierra Bravard added another honor to her impressive preseason haul on Monday, as the Sandusky, Ohio native was named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 list.
The list, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, identified 30 candidates as early frontrunners for the prestigious honor given to the nation's top player.
Bravard has also nabbed preseason All-America First Team honors from the Sporting News and been named to the Wade Award preseason Watch List.
She led the Seminoles in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) in 2010-11, while making a team-best 54.5 percent of her field goal attempts. She captured Honorable Mention State Farm/Coaches All-America, All-ACC First Team and All-Region 2 honors, and was named MVP at the 2010 Junkanoo Jam Tournament in the Bahamas.
She capped her junior campaign by scoring in double figures in the final 21 games and collected 10 double-doubles for the season.
Bravard was one of six representatives of the ACC on the list, joining Miami guards Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams, Maryland's Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas and Duke guard Chelsea Gray.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week before the Final Four.
The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, and will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2012.
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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), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and `11). UConn's Maya Moore ('11) won the women's Award in 2011.
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 week-long 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 day-long 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 Ceremony.
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