March 4, 2023 - by

Latson Selected to John R. Wooden Award National Ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson of Florida State Women’s Basketball is one of 15 student-athletes nationally selected to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s National Ballot, announced on Saturday afternoon.

Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the National Ballot consists of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.

The ACC leads all conferences with four selections, followed by the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12 with three selections each and the Big 12 and SEC with one each.

All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the Award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season.

Voting will take place from March 14th to March 21st, and voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The finalists for the 2023 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s will be announced on March 29th.

As a freshman, Latson continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 21.3 points per game. She established the conference’s single-season freshman scoring record with 659 points.

Florida State awaits its NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament seeding on Monday, March 12, with the selection show at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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