University of Kentucky junior guard A’dia Mathies has been named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy pre-season watch list.
The award, which goes to the nation’s player of the year, will be awarded by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club at the 2012 Final Four in Denver.
Mathies, a 5-foot-9 guard from Louisville, was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league’s coaches and media this pre-season.
She leads 12th-ranked Kentucky (7-0) in scoring this season, averaging 15.4 points per game and is No. 25 on the school’s all-time list with 1,034 points. Mathies also leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in steals per game (4.4).
Mathies is one of five SEC players on the watch list, joining LaSondra Barrett (LSU), Glory Johnson (Tennessee), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee).