Big 12 Announces Women's Basketball Preseason Individual Honors

Courtney Paris named preseason Player of the Year

Oct. 10, 2007

IRVING, TEXAS -- Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) was named Big 12 women's basketball 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 MVP 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).