Candace Parker with Wade Trophy
March 31, 2007
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Twenty minutes after Candace Parker was named a Kodak All-American for the second straight year, the University of Tennessee sophomore sensation was honored as the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year. She and Daedra Charles Furlow are the only two Lady Vols to be so named.
"I am incredibly honored," said Parker. "I want to thank my coaches, teammates and family, because if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be standing here today. I am so blessed."
Typically the award is given to an upperclassman, but Parker's dominance in the nation's toughest schedule gave the committee no choice but to give it to a sophomore for the first time in its 30-year history.
"Candace Parker has been one of the most-touted collegiate players on the hardwood this season," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Candace is an exceptional representative for Lily Margaret Wade, the WBCA and The State Farm Wade Trophy, and we are pleased to present her with this well-deserved honor."
The Naperville, Ill., native is running out of room in the trophy case this season. So far, she has been named the SEC Player of the Year, a unanimous first team All-SEC selection, an SEC All-Academic selection, an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, the Dayton Regional Most Outstanding Player, an Associated Press first team All-American, a WBCA/Kodak All-American, a John R. Wooden All-American and a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year and the Basketball Writer's Association Player of the Year.
"Congratulations to State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Candace Parker," said Mark D. Gibson, Assistant Vice President of Advertising at State Farm. "Her outstanding accomplishments as a student-athlete, on and off the court, make her truly deserving of this wonderful honor. We look forward to seeing Candace fulfill the rest of her basketball dreams."
At 6'4", Parker is arguably the most versatile player in women's college basketball. She averages 19.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game and became the fastest player in school history to amass 1,000 career points.
The program's single-season blocks record holder leads the Big Orange into its 17th Final Four appearance with a 9:30 p.m. showdown with North Carolina on April 1.
Previous State Farm Wade Recipients:
2006 - Seimone Augustus, LSU
2005 - Seimone Augustus, LSU
2004 - Alana Beard, Duke
2003 - Diana Taurasi, Connecticut
2002 - Sue Bird, Connecticut
2001 - Jackie Stiles, Southwest Missouri State
2000 - Edwina Brown, Texas
1999 - Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue
1998 - Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion
1997 - DeLisha Milton, Florida
1996 - Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut
1995 - Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut
1994 - Carol Ann Shudlick, Minnesota
1993 - Karen Jennings, Nebraska
1992 - Susan Robinson, Penn State
1991 - Daedra Charles, Tennessee
1990 - Jennifer Azzi, Stanford
1989 - Clarissa Davis, Texas
1988 - Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech
1987 - Shelly Pennefeather, Villanova
1986 - Kamie Ethridge, Texas
1985 - Cheryl Miller, USC
1984 - Janice Lawrence, Louisiana Tech
1983 - LaTaunya Pollard, Long Beach State
1982 - Pam Kelly, Louisiana Tech
1981 - Lynette Woodard, Kansas
1980 - Nancy Lieberman, Old Dominion
1979 - Nancy Lieberman, Old Dominion
1978 - Carol Blazejowski, Montclair State