Parker: Ten­nessee ju­nior is lead­ing pre­sea­son can­di­date

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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.”

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