Monica Wright – First Team All-American. Nothing new there. She’s been an All-American everyday I have known her. Congratulations Moni!
The nation is taking notice of what Virginia and ACC women’s basketball fans have known for years. Monica Wright, a senior guard at Virginia, was named a preseason All-American by Lindy’s College Basketball. Working three years with Monica, this is no surprise. Monica is a tremendous talent, dedicated and you have to beg her to take time off. Humble?, she carries herself as though she is the 12th person on the roster. Respectful?, always. She is never out of line. Student?, Moni is a dedicated and hardworking student. Monica is as much an All-American off the court as she is on.
In addition to Wright’s honor, the Cavaliers were ranked 11th in the magazine’s preseason poll. With Wright, the returning core and the nation’s #5 ranked recruiting class, this season has the makings of one of the finest in the storied history of the program.
A candidate for the prestigious Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy, Wright was the top scorer last year in the ACC after averaging 20.5 points per contest.
Last year, Wright set the Virginia single-season scoring record, dropping 696 points. For her production, Wright was an all-ACC selection and drew honorable mention Associated Press All-American honors.
One WNBA general managers I spoke with indicated that Wright is the best player in the 2010 draft and potentially could be even better in the WNBA’s wide open offensive schemes.
Entering the upcoming season, Wright trails former great Dawn Staley by 329 points to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Wright was in pretty good company on the first team, which included Stanford center Jayne Appel, UConn center Tina Charles, UConn forward Maya Moore and Oklahoma guard Danielle Robinson.
Virginia, which went 24-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, will open its season Nov. 10 at UMBC.
as reported by Jay Jenkins of the Charlottesville Daily Progress