Parker leads AP’s All- America team
Tennessee’s Parker leads women’s preseason team
Candace Parker helped Tennessee win a national title and the United States qualify for the Olympics. Now there’s one more honor to add to this run the last few months: a unanimous choice for the pre- season All-America team by The Associated Press.
The Tennessee junior was joined on the squad Tuesday by Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris, Stanford’s Candice Wiggins, LSU’s Sylvia Fowles and Maryland’s Crystal Langhorne.
Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt of Tennessee already knew Parker could score. It’s the other aspects of Parker’s game that impress her.
“If there is one thing to separate her out, it’s her commitment to defending,” Summitt said. “Her intensity on the defensive end is so much better. She’s also much better attacking the basket.”
Parker sparked the Lady Vols to their seventh national title last April and the national team to a spot in the Beijing Games. She was the top scorer on the U.S. team that won the FIBA Americas tournament in September.
Parker was on every ballot of the 50-member national media panel. The only other previous unanimous selections were Chamique Holdsclaw, Diana Taurasi, Alana Beard and Seimone Augustus.
“That’s a special group,” Parker said. “I wouldn’t be