While K-State's Nicole Ohlde prepares for today's WNBA Draft, she continues to rake in post-season awards, the second annual "Award of Excellence." Ohlde is projected to be a top 10 pick today.
- Kansas State
was recently named the recipient of the
Second Annual Creamland
Dairies Women's Collegiate Basketball
Award of Excellence by the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) at
an awards banquet held at the Albuquerque Marriott.
Belmont's Adam Mark was the men's recipient of the award. Other men's finalists included
Alabama-Birmingham's Morris Finley and Tulsa's
Jason Parker, while women's finalists included Louisville's
Sara Nord and Harvard's Hana
The most decorated player in Kansas
State women's basketball history, Ohlde became the first player in school history to repeat
as a prestigious Kodak/WBCA All-American and averaged 17.5 points, 6.7
rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 blocks this past season. Ohlde
is the only player in school history to post 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, 300
assists and 200 blocks in a career. The social science major and 6-foot-5
center is projected to be a top-10 WNBA Draft pick Saturday.
Jimmy Dykes, ESPN College Basketball Analyst, served as the
master of ceremonies for the event. Every NCAA Division I school had the
opportunity to nominate their top male and female student-athlete in their
senior year of eligibility.
"We are honored to present this award to such
outstanding student-athletes," ACVB President/CEO Dale Lockett said.
"It was a tough process of elimination, because of the number of deserving
student-athletes. But, these individuals are truly representative of the excellence
on-and-off the court we were looking for when we created this award."
The Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence honors college
seniors for their athletic and academic achievement, as well as their community
involvement. The award, in its second year, was first presented in Albuquerque
at the conclusion of the 2002-03 college basketball season.
Last year's winners were Florida's
Matt Bonner, who was drafted by the NBA's Chicago Bulls, and IUPUI's Tiffany Kyser.