Parker: Tennessee junior is leading preseason candidate
who I was without my teammates or coaches support.”
Paris came close to a unanimous selection, getting 48 votes. Wiggins drew 43, Fowles 41 and Langhorne 28. Paris and Parker were AllAmericans last season. Langhorne, Wiggins and Fowles earned second-team honors.
Summitt saw Parker, Paris, Wiggins and Fowles play with the U.S. national team this fall.
“I thought just watching them play, they are impact players on their respective teams,” she said. “They did some amazing things for the U.S. team.”
The four have known each other for years, playing on various U.S. teams. Their friendship was evident in a discussion with the AP at the national team training camp.
When they aren’t facing each other on the court, the four always check out how the others are doing.
“I’m a fan of our game,” Paris said. “It’s hard not to follow everyone’s career. The media does such a good job. It’s easy to pop on the TV, or open up the newspaper and follow them.”
The 6-foot-4 Paris was third in the nation in scoring at 23.5 points and second in rebounding with 15.9 last season en route to becoming AP Player of the Year. Oklahoma coach Sheri Coale has seen a change in the junior’s ability to move without the ball.
“Her greatest strides have been what she does when she doesn’t have the ball in her hands,” Coale said. “That’s always the last part of a game to develop. She’s already thinking. She’s wiser and is always looking to expand her game.”