As the first Summer Games Olympian to return to college basketball since 1988, Romero is putting her once-in-a-lifetime experience to good use. She already has 12 double-figure scoring games this season, including four 20-point games. She notched a career-high 25 points vs. No. 25 Gonzaga on Nov. 25 at the Paradise Jam.
Romero has been at her best against AP Top 25 opponents this season, averaging 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, shooting 54.7 percent overall (29-of-53) and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range. She delivered 21 points and six rebounds in a nationally-ranked win over Florida 83-58.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The ten-person Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
The full top 25 as follows: G Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame; C/F Kristine Anigwe, California; C/F Jordin Canada, UCLA; G Alaina Coates, South Carolina; C Nia Coffey, Northwestern; F Napheesa Collier, Connecticut; F Nina Davis, Baylor; F Asia Durr, Louisville; G Makayla Epps, Kentucky; G Rebecca Greenwell, Duke; G Jessica January, DePaul; G Alexis Jones, Baylor; G Brionna Jones, Maryland; C Erica McCall, Stanford; F Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State; G Kia Nurse, Connecticut; G Alexis Peterson, Syracuse; G Kelsey Plum, Washington; G Leticia Romero, Florida State; G Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut; G/F Brianna Turner, Notre Dame; F Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State; G Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland; G Sydney Wiese, Oregon State; G A’ja Wilson, South Carolina