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Joe Boozell | | November 12, 2018

Women's basketball: Arike Ogunbowale, Katie Lou Samuelson lead Naismith Trophy preseason watch list

The stars align in Columbus for the Women's Final Four

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson averaged 22.6 points per game on her way to winning the 2018 Naismith Trophy.

There are several candidates, ranging from sophomores to seniors, who are in the mix to win the Naismith in 2019. With that in mind, here is the official 50-player preseason watch list:

Naismith candidates
Kristine Anigwe Sr. C/F California Pac-12
Kenisha Bell Sr. G Minnesota Big Ten
Allazia Blockton Sr. G Marquette BIG EAST
Kalani Brown Sr. C Baylor Big 12
Kelly Campbell Jr. G DePaul BIG EAST
Bridget Carleton Sr. G Iowa State Big 12
Chennedy Carter So. G Texas A&M SEC
Kaila Charles Jr. G Maryland Big Ten
Napheesa Collier Sr. F UConn AAC
Lauren Cox Jr. F Baylor Big 12
Sophie Cunningham Sr. G Missouri SEC
Crystal Dangerfield Jr. G UConn AAC
Naomi Davenport Sr. G/F West Virginia Big 12
Rennia Davis So. G/F Tennessee SEC
Cierra Dillard Sr. G Buffalo MAC
Asia Durr Sr. G Louisville ACC
Sam Fuehring Sr. F Louisville ACC
Megan Gustafson Sr. F Iowa Big Ten
Tyasha Harris Jr. G South Carolina SEC
Ruthy Hebard Jr. F Oregon Pac-12
Lashann Higgs Sr. G Texas Big 12
Joyner Holmes Jr. G/F Texas Big 12
Anriel Howard Sr. F Mississippi State SEC
Sabrina Ionescu Jr. G Oregon Pac-12
Chloe Jackson Sr. G Baylor Big 12
Alexis Jennings Sr. F South Carolina SEC
Paris Kea Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Kitija Laksa Sr. W South Florida AAC
Kennedy Leonard Sr. G Colorado Pac-12
Marina Mabrey Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Tiana Mangakahia Jr. G Syracuse ACC
Tynice Martin Jr. G West Virginia Big 12
Teaira McCowan Sr. C Mississippi State SEC
Beatrice Mompremier Jr. F Miami ACC
Mariya Moore Sr. G USC Pac-12
Maci Morris Sr. G Kentucky SEC
Leaonna Odom Jr. F Duke ACC
Arike Ogunbowale Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Teniya Page Sr. G Penn State Big Ten
Caliya Robinson Sr. F Georgia SEC
Satou Sabally So. F Oregon Pac-12
Katie Lou Samuelson Sr. G/F UConn AAC
Jessica Shepard Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Destiny Slocum So. G Oregon State Pac-12
Alanna Smith Sr. F Stanford Pac-12
Hallie Thome Sr. C Michigan Big Ten
Brianna Turner Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Evina Westbrook So. G Tennessee SEC
Kiana Williams So. G Stanford Pac-12
Jackie Young Jr. G Notre Dame ACC

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