The candidate pool will be trimmed with the selection of the Midseason Top 30 List in February, and that list will be whittled to four finalists in March. The Naismith Trophy will be presented during the NCAA Women's Final Four, April 1-3 in Denver.
The Tennessee trio has collected accolades throughout the preseason.
Glory Johnson made the list of nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was named to the Wooden Award Top 30 list in October.
Shekinna Stricklen joined Johnson on the Wooden Award Top 30 list and was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America squad. Johnson, Stricklen and Meighan Simmons were each named to Preseason All-SEC squads with Stricklen tabbed preseason player of the year.
Stricklen currently leads UT in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game. Johnson leads Tennessee off the glass and is nearly averaging a double-double, averaging 13.2 points and 9.4 boards per game.
"Simmons led the Lady Vols in scoring as a freshman in 2010-11, dropping 13.5 points per game en route to SEC Freshman of the Year laurels.
No. 8 Tennessee returns to the court Sunday when they tip off against Texas at 2 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tickets are available at UTTix.com.