South Carolina has three in the top 50 of the Wooden Awards Preseason

Senior Aliyah Boston, the 2022 John R. Wooden Award winner, is one of three South Carolina Gamecocks in the Wendy’s Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 for the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season.

South Carolina senior guards Brea Beal and Zia Cooke join Boston on the list announced Tuesday.

Last April, Boston led South Carolina to its second NCAA championship and became the first player since UConn’s Breanna Stewart in 2016 to win a national title and the Wooden Award — presented annually to the top female collegiate basketball player in the country — in the same season. Boston, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in 2021-22 and led the nation with 30 double-doubles.

Tennessee — Jordan Horston, Rickea Jackson, and Tamari Key — and Virginia Tech — Elizabeth Kitley, Ashley Owusu, and Taylor Soule — also have three players on the Wooden preseason roster.

Iowa junior guard Caitlin Clark, who is expected to be Boston’s biggest challenger for International Player of the Year, also made the list, as did teammate Monika Czinano. Clark led Division I in points per game (27.0) and assists per game (8.0) last season, while Czinano led the nation in field goal percentage (67.89).

Five sophomores also made the list: UConn’s Azzi Fudd, Texas’ Rori Harmon, Notre Dame’s Olivia Miles, DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow, and LSU’s Angel Reese.

The Wooden Award, first presented in women’s collegiate basketball in 2003-04, will be presented on April 7, 2023.

A full look at the Wooden Awards Preseason Top 50:

Brea Beal, South Carolina, 6-1, Sr., G
Grace Berger, Indiana, 6-0, Sr., G
Aijha Blackwell, Baylor, 5-11, Sr., G/F
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina, 6-5, Sr., F
Sam Breen, UMass, 6-1, Sr., F
Cameron Brink, Stanford, 6-5, Jr., F
Leigha Brown, Michigan, 6-1, Sr., G
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State, 6-0, Sr., G/F
Caitlin Clark, Iowa, 6-0, Jr., G
Zia Cooke, South Carolina, 5-9, Sr., G
Monika Czinano, Iowa, 6-3, Sr., F/C
Lexi Donarski, Iowa State, 6-0, Jr., G
Dyaisha Fair, Syracuse, 5-5, Sr., G
Azzi Fudd, UConn, 5-11, so., G
Shaylee Gonzalez, Texas, 5-10, Sr., G
Rori Harmon, Texas, 5-6, so., G
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana Hoosiers, 6-3, Sr., F
Jordan Horston, Tennessee, 6-2, Sr., G
Rickea Jackson, Tennessee, 6-2, Sr., G
Ashley Joens, Iowa State, 6-1, Sr., G/F
Diamond Johnson, NC State, 5-5, Jr., G
Haley Jones, Stanford, 6-1, Sr., G
Morgan Jones, Louisville, 6-2, Sr., G
Deja Kelly, North Carolina, 5-8, Jr., G
Tamari Key, Tennessee, 6-6, Sr., C
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, 6-6, Sr., C
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State, 5-10, Jr., G
Taylor Mikesell, Ohio State, 5-11, Sr., G
Olivia Miles, Notre Dame, 5-10, so., G
Diamond Miller, Maryland, 6-3, Sr., G
Tishara Morehouse, Florida Gulf Coast, 5-3, Sr., G
Alexis Morris, LSU, 5-6, Sr., G
Aneesah Morrow, DePaul, 6-1, so., F
Charisma Osborne, UCLA, 5-9, Sr., G
Ashley Owusu, Virginia Tech, 6-0, Sr., G
Te-Hina Paopao, Oregon, 5-9, Jr., G
Lauren Park-Lane, Seton Hall, 5-3, Sr., G
Angel Reese, LSU, 6-3, so., f
Cate Reese, Arizona, 6-2, Sr., F
Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma, 6-0, Sr., G
Emma Ronsiek, Creighton, 6-1, Jr., G
Myah Selland, State of South Dakota, 6-1, Sr., F
Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State, 5-10, Sr., G
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, 6-1, Sr., F
Taylor Soule, Virginia Tech, 5-11, Sr., F
Jewel Spear, Wake Forest, 5-10, jr., G
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville, 5-7, Jr., G
Destinee Wells, Belmont, 5-6, Jr., G
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame, 6-3, Jr., F
Madi Williams, Oklahoma, 6-0, Sr., F