Oct. 10, 2007
IRVING, TEXAS - Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year while Dominic Seals (Texas Tech) was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year and Tyra White (Texas A&M) was selected Preseason Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league's head coaches.
Paris was last season's Big 12 Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year. She was a consensus All-American, All-Big 12 First Team selection and MOP of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team the previous two years. The 6-4 junior center led the league in scoring (23.5 ppg) and rebounding (15.9 rpg) last season. She enters 2007-08 with 1,563 career points and 1,065 career rebounds. In addition, she is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team which has qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Seals, a 6-2 junior forward, transferred to Texas Tech from South Plains College. Last year she was selected State Farm/WBCA Junior College National Player of the Year and was a Kodak All-American. Her team was co-champions of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and finished with a 31-2 record. The Dallas, Texas, native averaged 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds.
White was a McDonald's High School All-American and the 2007 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year while at Kansas City's (Mo.) Hickman Mills High School. She averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks per game during her senior campaign.
Joining Paris on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team are Jackie McFarland (Colorado), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska), and teammates A'Quonesia Franklin and Takia Starks (Texas A&M). Each was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2006-07.
2007-08 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Big 12 Team
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)
Preseason Player of the Year
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, C, 6-4, Jr, Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Dominic Seals, Texas Tech, F, 6-2, Jr, Dallas, Texas/South Plains College
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Tyra White, Texas A&M, G, 6-0, Fr, Kansas City, Mo./Hickman Mills
Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Name School Pos Ht Cl-Exp PPG RPG Hometown/Previous School
Jackie McFarland Colorado F 6-3 Sr-3L 17.8 10.8 Derby, Kan./Derby
Kelsey Griffin Nebraska F 6-2 Jr-2L 15.0 8.3 Eagle River, Alaska/Chugiak
Courtney Paris Oklahoma C 6-4 Jr-2L 23.5 15.9 Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont
A'Quonesia Franklin Texas A&M G 5-3 Sr-3L 9.9 2.9 Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
Takia Starks Texas A&M G 5-8 Jr-3L 14.2 4.2 Houston, Texas/Westfield
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Angela Tisdale (Baylor), Danielle McCray (Kansas), Ashley Paris (Oklahoma), Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State), Morenike Atunrase (Texas A&M) and Danielle Gant (Texas A&M).