Friday, November 5, 2010

The preseason All-Resume Team

The best Division I players in the state? That's up for debate. But the most accomplished players in the state? Now that's something we can measure. Using a system we've devised, a player earns points for leading their team in points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks (Division I stats only). They get extra credit for leading their conference in any of those categories. More points are awarded for making an all-conference team and/or earning one of their league's major awards (Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Player of the Year, etc.). And, of course, there's a special bonus for All-America recognition.

With this as a guide, the Ladyswish 2010-11 Preseason All-Resume Team looks like:


Dawn Evans, 5-7 Sr. G, James Madison (36 points)
Shocking, huh? Yeah, right. The Dukes senior will probably need to build an extra room at the Evans Compound to house all of her awards. For our system, the highlights include two first-team All-CAA honors, winning last season's CAA Tournament MVP award and the fact that she's led JMU in scoring twice and the CAA once. And what put her over the top - Evans is the only active D-I player in the state to earn All-America honors (honorable mention by the AP last season).

Brittani Shells, 5-7 Sr. G, Richmond (34)

Brittani Shells
Honestly, we didn't think anyone would be in the same zip code as Evans. Then we broke down Shells' accomplishments. While Evans has few peers with the ball in her hands, Shells has earned plaudits at both ends of the floor as she's a two-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 pick overall and on defense (an especially tough feat in a 14-team league). Also, the Camden, Del. native has paced Richmond in scoring all three years and in assists and steals the past two. And she led the A-10 in scoring in 09-10.

Tia Lewis, 6-3 Jr. C/F, Old Dominion (21)

Quiet as it was kept, Lewis led the Lady Monarchs in scoring (barely), rebounds and blocks and made the CAA All-Tournament Team last season. But what vaulted the Poulan, Ga. native up the All-Resume list was her monster debut season at Central Florida. Lewis led the Knights in scoring and rebounding, paced all of Conference USA in boards, was a third-team all-conference choice and was tabbed the league's Freshman of the Year.

Quanneisha Perry, 5-10 Sr. F, Hampton (20)

A solid contributor prior to last year, the Decatur, Ga.-born Perry blew up in 09-10, earning first-team All-MEAC and All-MEAC Tournament honors and winning the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Devon Brown, 5-10 Soph. G/F, Liberty (13)
Devon Brown

As you've probably figured out by now, this system favors upperclassmen; the more years you've played, the more time you've had to rack up the accomplishments this system rewards. So obviously Waynesboro's Brown packed a career's worth of accomplishments (team and conference scoring leader, 1st-team All-Big South, Big South Tournament MVP) in one stunning debut season. And if the Big South allowed redshirt freshmen to make its All-Freshman Team or become Freshman of the Year, Brown would have collected even more hardware.


Avery Warley, 6-3 Jr. F, Liberty (12)
A Washington, D.C. native and the top rebounder on the nation's best rebounding team (Liberty led all D-I team in rebounding margin). Came into her own in conference play last season and joined teammate Brown as a first-team All-Big South pick.

Jasmine Parker, 5-6 Sr. G, Old Dominion (10)
Norfolk's Parker excelled with the ball in her hands (2nd team All-CAA), and was even better with the ball in your hands (CAA All-Defensive team).

Jericka Jenkins, 5-4 Jr. G, Hampton (10)
One half of the Lady Pirates' pesky "Mighty Mite" backcourt, the Lancaster, Texas native has led Hampton in assists and steals in her two seasons and was an MEAC All-Rookie pick.

Taleia Moton, 5-6 Jr. G, George Mason (10) The Ft. Washington, Md. native has yet to play a minute for the Patriots. But the Radford transfer was a beast in the Big South, earning all-freshman, all-conference and all-tournament honors in her two seasons with the Highlanders.

Crystal Goring, 6-3 Sr. C, Richmond (10)
A Morvant, Trinidad native, Goring has led the Spiders in rebounding the past two seasons and in blocks in all three of her campaigns.


Sonia Johnson, 5-10 Soph. G/F, VCU (7)
It's been a little while since this Newport News native has played a college game, and she's a rookie for the Rams. But once upon a time (2007-08) at Delaware State, Johnson was one of the best players and THE best freshman in the MEAC.

Bernadette Fortune, 5-4 Jr. G, Hampton (6)
Mighty Mite No. 2 led the Lady Pirates in scoring two years ago, and the former Kempsville High star was a 2nd-team All-MEAC pick last season for the conference tournament champion Lady Pirates.

Brittany Poindexter, 5-8 Sr. G, George Mason (6)
The best thing about Mason hoops of late, The Kensington, Md. native has led the Patriots in scoring the past two seasons and paced Mason in steals in 2008-09.

Taysha Pye, 5-8 Jr. G, William and Mary (6)
The Bronx, N.Y. native fills up a stat sheet so well we're moved to humor:
Q: What do you call a William and Mary box score?
A: A Pye chart.
We never said it was good humor.

Recca Trice, 5-6 Soph. G, Norfolk State (6)
Reared in Arlington, Texas (home of the Texas Rangers), Trice led NSU and the entire MEAC in assists per game as a freshman.

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