Janel McCarville named to Wooden preseason top 30

Minnesota senior Janel McCarville was one of 30 women's basketball players named to the Women's Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team selected by the John R. Wooden Award National Advisory Board. McCarville is one of three Big Ten players on the preseason list, along with Katie Gearlds, a 6-foot-1 guard from Purdue, and Tanisha Wright, a 5-foot-11 guard from Penn State. McCarville is already being projected as a high draft pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft.

McCarville is one of three returning WBCA Kodak All-Americans highlighting the list as leading candidates for national player of the year honors in 2004-05. She is joined by LSU's Seimone Augustus and Tennessee's Shyra Ely.

McCarville was a leading force in the Golden Gophers' march to the Final Four last season, earning several postseason awards, including a spot on the All-Final Four Team. McCarville, a 6-2 center, averaged 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game during her junior season.

McCarville's statistics have proven her to be a prime-time performer throughout her Golden Gopher career. In 26 games against nationally ranked opponents, McCarville has averaged a double-double of 16.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. She has a total of 33 career double-doubles and one triple-double. She enters her senior campaign with 1,323 career points and 879 career rebounds aiming toward becoming just the fourth player in Minnesota history to hit the 1,000 plateau in both statistics.

In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 List, followed in March by the official voting ballot, consisting of the top 10-15 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The 2005 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005 and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.

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