"The 2005-2006 State Farm Wade Trophy pre-season list is an example of the top-notch athletes that contribute to making each collegiate basketball game an exciting new experience," said Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto, Chair of the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee and Director of Athletics at DePaul University. "These 25 student-athletes represent the most outstanding players on and off the court and we look forward to another outstanding year of women's basketball."
The list was comprised after early balloting of the Wade Trophy's national awards committee which consists of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. The NCAA Division I 25 student-athletes were selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Humphrey was co-National Freshman of the Year last season after finishing as the only player ranked among the SEC's top-10 individual leaders in scoring (third), rebounding (fifth), field goal percentage (third) and free throw percentage (ninth).
Humphrey enjoyed a remarkable initial campaign at Georgia last winter when she led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring (19.0 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg), blocks (1.1 bpg) and field goal percentage (56.1 pct.).
In addition to being named co-National Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Humphrey also was voted the SEC Freshman of the Year by both league coaches and media and was one of only two unanimous first-team All-SEC picks in separate voting of coaches and media. During the post-season, she was selected to the All-SEC Tournament and All-Chattanooga NCAA Regional teams.
The 2005-06 Lady Bulldogs return all five starters and four more letterwinners from last year's squad which finished 24-10 and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Georgia will welcome a group of newcomers which includes: 6-5 Angel Robinson, a consensus first-team prep All-American; 6-6 Reicina Russell, a sophomore transfer who was a Big Ten All-Freshman performer for Penn State in 2003-04; and Danielle Taylor, the MVP of the 2005 Georgia North/South All-Star game.
Georgia is set to open the 2005-06 season by facing defending national champion Baylor in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bears will square off at 12:00 ET on espn2, with LSU taking on Texas Tech in the second game of the doubleheader.
The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 28th year and named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. This most prestigious award, regarded as the "Heisman of Women's Basketball", is organized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
The 2006 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced during the WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Boston, Mass., March 31-April 4, 2006.