State of South Dakota Mya Selland was named to the Wooden Award Top 50 Watch List on Tuesday. This is the fourth watchlist Selland has been recognized on this season.
Selland averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals in the Jacks’ first three contests. Their scoring, rebound, and steal totals rank first for the Jacks, while their assists average is second. She was also included in the preseason watchlists of Becky Hammon, Cheryl Miller and Naismith Trophy.
Selland, who has returned to her sixth season as the Jackrabbit, led the team a season ago with an average of 14.2 points and added an average of 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists for second place. She led the Summit League with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio, shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from the 3-point line. The 2022 WNIT MVP has achieved double-digit results in 22 competitions over the past season. Selland was a 2021-22 All-Summit League First Team pick.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Established in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball, recognizing the Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, the Wooden Award All America Teams for men and women, and the annual Wooden Award pick Legend of the coaching recipient. Award winners have demonstrated to their university that they meet or exceed the John R. Wooden Award qualifications as determined by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including progressing toward completion and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Past winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ‘ 11). , Chiney Ogwumike (’14) and last year’s honorees, Aliyah Boston from South Carolina and Oscar Tshiebwe from Kentucky.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has donated nearly $1 million to the general university scholarship fund on behalf of Wooden Award All American recipients and sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to weeklong college basketball camps. In addition, each year the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The all-day tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All-Americans and attending coaches. It is hosted during the John R. Wooden Awards Weekend at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.