Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper, a two-time All-American, was one of 25 players named Tuesday to the preseason Wade Watch List for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's player of the year award.
It's the second straight year Hooper has been named to the watch list. In addition to twice being a WBCA All-American, the 6-foot-2 forward from Alliance also has been named an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press and twice has been named first-team All-Big Ten.
With 1,685 points and 811 rebounds in her career, she is poised to join Karen Jennings, who won the Wade Trophy in 1993, and Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 WBCA All-American, as the only Husker players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their careers. With 215 three-pointers in her career, Hooper needs 52 more to tie Kiera Hardy's career mark.
This past summer, Hooper played on the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team that won a gold medal in Kazan, Russia. She started in the championship game, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Now in its 37th year, the Wade Trophy is named for the late Lily Margaret Wade, the three-time national champion Delta State University coach. Players are named to the watch list by a committee of coaches, administrators and media based on game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Penn State's Maggie Lucas and Minnesota's Rachel Banham are the other two Big Ten players on the watch list.