COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Preseason Wade Watch List was announced on Wednesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Senior guard Jacy Sheldon was among the 16 candidates for the 2023 Wade Trophy presented to the best player in college women’s basketball.
The Wade Trophy — now in its 46th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001.
The Wade Watch list of candidates for the Wade Trophy is composed of players selected by the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee. The committee will review the list midseason to determine if additional players will be added based on their play during the first half of the 2022-23 season.
Sheldon, a unanimous choice for the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the coaches and media, was an AP All-American Honorable Mention last season. She was also named to the Wade Watch List and was a regional finalist for the WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team. A unanimous selection for the 2022 All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches, Sheldon was also selected by the media to the All-Big Ten First Team and by the coaches to the All-Big Defensive Team last season. Sheldon scored her 1,000th career point in January 2022 as she led the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. She earned a spot on the Academic Big-Ten team and was an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
This season, Sheldon is averaging 14.5 points, 6.75 steals, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game through her first four appearances. She’s already set a career-high in steals twice, including 11 at Boston College to earn a double-double (with 14 points).
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