|Wed., Sept. 9:
The USBWA announced that former Georgetown coach
John Thompson has been selected as the first
winner of the Dean Smith Award, named
in honor of the legendary North Carolina coach. Thompson
will be presented the award at a dinner in Chapel Hill
on November 10th. All net proceeds from the dinner and a
special memorabilia auction will benefit the Dean E.
Smith Opening Doors Fund, which provides financial
assistance for undergraduate students from low-income
families and enables professionals in education and
social work to pursue advanced degrees.
establishes Dean Smith Award
|Melo Trimble (2) and
the Maryland Terrapins have high expectations this
season (Photo: Greg Fiume)
The Maryland Terrapins and Providence's Kris Dunn held
slight edges in the USBWA's annual preseason poll. The
Terrapins received eight of a possible 15 first-place
votes from USBWA officers and board members.
Second-place North Carolina received four first-place
votes and finished only 13 points behind the Terps. Dunn
earned four votes as the preseason favorite to win the
most votes as preseason co-favorites to win the
Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the nation's
top player. On the women's side, UConn's Geno Auriemma
looks to gain a four-peat and, if achieved, the Huskies
would tie UCLA in teams of total program championships
at 11. Breanna Stewart goes into the season as the
prohibitive favorite to take the Ann Meyers
Drysdale Award as the player of the year again
and, if anointed by the USBWA membership, she would be
the first to pull a three-peat.