When Idaho State senior Natalie Doma, Middle Tennessee senior Amber Holt and California junior Ashley Walker were added to the Wade Watch list Wednesday something seemed to be a bit off base. Not that any one in that trio is undeserving of being on the 29-player list, which also includes Huskies’ junior Renee Montgomery and sophomore Tina Charles.
Doma is the only player in the nation ranked in the top five in both scoring (24.7, 2nd) and rebounding (11.8, 3rd). Holt is the nation’s leading scorer (27.1). And Walker leads the eighth-ranked Golden Bears in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (9.4).
But what about Huskies freshman Maya Moore? How can there be 29 players in the country better than her? Frankly, there’s not. She leads the nation’s No. 1 team in scoring (16.8), is second in rebounding (7.0), blocks (1.7) and steals (1.8) and third in assists (3.7) and minutes (26.3).
Maya will likely be an All-American at season’s end. But she’s not among the players eligible to win one of the most prestigious individual awards in the country. That’s just it. She’s not eligible – period. This is what I learned when I went to the WBCA for some clarity on the situation.
“The reason why she is not on the list is because in the original operating code for the award it was written that freshmen are not eligible,’’ WBCA manager of awards and communications coordinator Jessica Pare said in an e-mail. “If you look at the criteria of the award technically the winner is judged in several categories (not just stats) that includes effect on the team, leadership, character, etc. I know people have an argument with her, but unfortunately code is code.’’
And the Wade Trophy just lost some credibility because of this code.
Here’s some more ridiculousness from the WBCA. It’s the 2008 Division I Superlatives. It says in the release that nominations for the superlatives were submitted through an online survey form. The top vote-getters for each superlative were then voted on through a balloting process.
So, really, there’s no telling who actually voted. Here’s a hint: Many of them were wearing orange and singing the words to “Rocky Top.’’
Most Inspirational – Kay Yow (NC State)
Most Likely to get a Technical Foul – Geno Auriemma (UConn)
Best Pep Band –Tennessee
Rising Star – Coquese Washington (Penn State)
Best Coaching Combo – Pat Summitt/Holly Warlick (Tennessee)
Most Fun to Watch (Coach or School) – Sherri Coale (Oklahoma)
Best Community Support – Tennessee
Best Tradition – Tennessee
Best Host School – Tennessee
Most Competitive Coach – Pat Summitt