UConn Women's Players on the Naismith Watch List


Four Huskies Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

ATLANTA – Four members of the UConn women’s basketball team were named to the 50-player watch list for the 2021 Women’s Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Watch List, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club Tuesday.

Juniors Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Evina Westbrook and Christyn Williams and freshman Paige Bueckers were named to the watch list. UConn has the most representatives on the list, and Connecticut has won the most Naismith Trophies (10).

Bueckers earned the 2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Girls Trophy.

The midseason 30 team will be announced in early February; players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. Then, the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists on March 2, 2021, and four finalists will be named on March 19, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 3, 2021.

2021 Women’s Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List

Aliyah Boston So. F South Carolina SEC

Sam Brunelle So. F Notre Dame ACC

Paige Bueckers Fr. G UConn BIG EAST

DiJonai Carrington Sr. G Baylor Big 12

Jessika Carter Jr. F/C Mississippi St. SEC

Charli Collier Jr. F/C Texas Big 12

Zia Cooke So. G South Carolina SEC

Elissa Cunane Jr. C NC State ACC

Rennia Davis Sr. G/F Tennessee SEC

Chelsea Dungee Sr. G Arkansas SEC

Dana Evans Sr. G Louisville ACC

Aleah Goodman Sr. G Oregon State Pac-12

Vivian Gray Sr. G Texas Tech Big 12

Arella Guirantes Sr. G Rutgers Big Ten

Lauren Heard Sr. G TCU Big 12

Lexi Held Jr. G DePaul BIG EAST

Naz Hillmon Jr. F Michigan Big Ten

Rhyne Howard Jr G Kentucky SEC

Lexie Hull Jr. G Stanford Pac-12

Rickea Jackson So. F Mississippi St. SEC

Ashley Joens Jr. G/F Iowa State Big 12

Haley Jones So. G Stanford Pac-12

N'Dea Jones Sr. F Texas A&M SEC

Taylor Jones So. F Oregon State Pac-12

Dorka Juhász Jr. F Ohio State Big Ten

Ayoka Lee So. C Kansas State Big 12

Kiara Lewis Sr. G Syracuse ACC

Natasha Mack Sr. F Oklahoma State Big 12

Tiana Mangakahia Sr. G Syracuse ACC

Aari McDonald Sr. G Arizona Pac-12

Nancy Mulkey Sr. C Rice C-USA

Olivia Nelson-Ododa Jr. F UConn BIG EAST

Michaela Onyenwere Sr. F UCLA Pac-12

Ashley Owusu So. G Maryland Big Ten

Ali Patberg Sr. G Indiana Big Ten

Chelsey Perry Sr. F Tennessee-Martin OVC

Lasha Petree Jr. G Bradley MVC

Alissa Pili So. F USC Pac-12

Lindsey Pulliam Sr. G Northwestern Big Ten

Cate Reese Jr. F Arizona Pac-12

DiDi Richards Sr. G Baylor Big 12

Destiny Slocum Sr. G Arkansas SEC

NaLyssa Smith Jr. F Baylor Big 12

Taylor Soule Jr. F Boston College ACC

Jill Townsend Sr. G Gonzaga WCC

Maddi Utti Sr. F Fresno St. MWC

Hailey Van Lith Fr. G Louisville ACC

Evina Westbrook Jr. G UConn BIG EAST

Christyn Williams Jr. G UConn BIG EAST

Kiana Williams Sr. G Stanford Pac-12