B12 Kansas St Baylor Basketball

Baylor center Kalani Brown, left, is presented the award for Big 12 Player of the Year by Dru Hancock. She was named to the espnW 2018 All-American second team Sunday.

Kalani Brown is one of 15 on the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, players from the list are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding women’s college basketball player.

Brown is the only player from the Big 12. She leads the Lady Bears in scoring (19.9), rebounding (10.2) and field goal percentage (.657). Brown has a team-high 15 double-doubles on the season. She also has recorded a pair of 30-point games, as well as 16 20-point games and two 20-rebound performances.

Voting will take place from March 13-20, and voters, consisting of hundreds of members of the national college basketball media, take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players and the finalists for the Wooden Award, widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be announced following the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show on March 28 on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT).

All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the Award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season.

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