Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.
Gray has proven herself as one of the top players in the country each of the last two seasons at Oklahoma State, as she was twice named an honorable mention All-American. She’s continued her excellence since arriving in Lubbock as well. In her first two games as a Lady Raider, Gray has averaged 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
The honor is the latest in a string of preseason accolades for the Texas Tech newcomer. Gray was named to watch lists for the Naismith and Wade trophies—each given to the national player of the year. She also was named to the Cheryl Miller Trophy Small Forward of the Year watch list.
The list represents six conferences: The SEC leads all conferences with nine selections, followed by the Big 12 with five, and the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and PAC-12 with four selections apiece.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.