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Shenise Johnson Included on Wooden Midseason List

Shenise Johnson Included on Wooden Midseason List

Jan. 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES –

LOS ANGELES – University of Miami junior guard Shenise Johnson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award 2010-11 Midseason Top 20 List, as announced today by the Los Angeles Tipoff Club.

Johnson has led the Hurricanes to a 16-1 record – tied for the best start to a season in program history – and a No. 22 ranking in the AP poll. The Henrietta, N.Y. native is the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to be ranked in the Top 10 in points (19.1 ppg – 2nd), rebounds (8.2 rpg – 6th) and assists (3.7 apg – 8th).

“Shenise is such a tremendous talent,” said Miami head coach Katie Meier. “However, her leadership and commitment to make her team better is what sets her apart. She has been a huge part of the resurgence of Miami women’s basketball and I consider her to be one of the best all-around players in the country.”

Johnson was among 30 players that were named to the Wooden Preseason Watch List and remained on the midseason list after 10 cuts were made.

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), Blake Griffin (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09). Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Connecticut’s Tina Charles won the Award in 2010.

The ACC had the highest number of players chosen, with four. Other conferences with multiple players represented include the Big East (3), Pac-10 (3), Big 12 (3), SEC (2), and Big 10 (2). The Atlantic 10, CAA, and West Coast Conferences each had one selection.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, given to Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, will take place April 8, 2011.

In August, Johnson was named to the 2010-2011 preseason “Wade Watch” list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year.

2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Danielle Adams

6-1

Sr.

F/C

Texas A&M

Big 12

Kachine Alexander

5-9

Sr.

G

Iowa

Big Ten

Angie Bjorklund

6-0

Sr.

G/F

Tennessee

SEC

Jessica Breland

6-3

Sr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Skylar Diggins

5-9

So.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

Jasmine Dixon

6-0

Jr.

G

UCLA

Pac-10

Victoria Dunlap

6-1

Sr.

F

Kentucky

SEC

Dawn Evans *

5-7

Sr.

G

James Madison

CAA

Brittney Griner

6-8

So.

C

Baylor

Big 12

Amber Harris *

6-5

Sr.

F

Xavier

A10

Shenise Johnson

5-11

Jr.

G

Miami

ACC

Jantel Lavender *

6-4

Sr.

C

Ohio State

Big Ten

Italee Lucas

5-8

Sr.

G

North Carolina

ACC

Maya Moore $#*

6-0

Sr.

F

Connecticut

Big East

Nnemkadi Ogwumike $*

6-2

Jr.

F

Stanford

Pac-10

Kayla Pedersen *

6-4

Jr.

F

Stanford

Pac-10

Danielle Robinson *

5-9

Sr.

G

Oklahoma

Big 12

Ta’Shaouna “Sugar” Rodgers

5-11

So.

G

Georgetown

Big East

Jasmine Thomas *

5-9

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Courtney Vandersloot *

5-8

Sr.

G

Gonzaga

WCC

(Players listed alphabetically.)
*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden Award ballot
$ Indicates 2010 Wooden Award All American
# Indicated 2009 Wooden Award winner