Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Moore named preseason All-American

She wasn't an unanimous selection, but UConn sophomore Maya Moore was named a preseason first-team All-American. She is joined by Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, who was an unanimous selection; Louisville's Angel McCoughtry, Maryland's Kristi Toliver and Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley.

Moore fell one vote shy of an unanimous selection.

I'm a little surprised that Moore and McCoughtry weren't also unanimous picks, but there have been just six all-time. Some might wonder why Paris was had full support and not anyone else. A big reason is she is clearly the best at her position, and it's also a matter of her body work over the last three years. Don't be surprised if she is named the Player of the Year in April at the Final Four. I'm just saying, so don't shoot the messenger. I think Paris will be given any tie breakers because of what she's done over a very dominating career.

This just means that Moore, McCoughtry or anyone else will have to really standout above and beyond what Paris does. Plus, Moore will be hurt because she plays with Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles.

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