Lincoln – Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper claimed second-team All-America honors in Athlon Magazine’s preseason listing of the nation’s top women’s basketball players this week.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was one of 10 players nationally recognized by the publication on its first- and second-team All-America squads. Hooper earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Associated Press last season, while shooting a young Nebraska team to a top-20 final national ranking by the AP.
Hooper, who became the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000 point scoring mark in her career, was a first-team All-Big Ten pick while helping the Huskers to a 24-9 overall record in 2011-12.
Last season, Hooper was a midseason candidate for the Wade and Naismith trophies, and she has already been chosen as one of 25 players on the 2013 Wade Watch List this season. She is joined by teammate Lindsey Moore on that select list of national player-of-the-year candidates.
Hooper averaged 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She also led the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles on the year. Hooper was one of three Big Ten Conference players named to the Athlon All-America teams, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Ohio State’s Tayler Hill.
Nebraska, which advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, was ranked No. 21 in the Athlon preseason poll. The Huskers open their 2012-13 exhibition season by taking on Pittsburg State on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
2013 Athlon Preseason All-America Teams
Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), A’dia Mathies (Kentucky), Odyssey Sims (Baylor)
Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tayler Hill (Ohio State), Maggie Lucas (Penn State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Elizabeth Williams (Duke)
Athlon Preseason Rankings
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin-Green Bay
- Texas A&M
- St. John’s
- Middle Tennessee State