Akina Wellere Named to Inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List|
Nov. 7, 2017
Presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the award is named after the first player, male or female, named to the All-America Team in four-straight collegiate seasons.
The watch list of 20 will be narrowed to 10 by mid-February before five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March. The winner of the first-ever Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.
Last season, Wellere proved to be a dangerous scoring threat throughout the season. The Chicago native scored in double figures in 19 of her 33 games including a 19-point effort against No. 22/22 Miami early in the season. Wellere greatly improved her three-point shooting following a freshman season that saw her hit just 27.3 percent of her tries from distance. As a sophomore, Wellere knocked down a BIG EAST-best 45.8 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc and shot 43.0 percent overall from the floor. Later in the season, in a 65-39 win over Rutgers, Wellere knocked down 6-of-7 from long distance, the second-highest single-game mark in St. John’s history.
On the year, Wellere finished second on the team with 11.3 points per game. Overall, Wellere contributed in many ways to last season’s team, finishing third on the squad with 38 assists and 29 steals. The 5-foot-10 guard also grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game and averaged 29.9 minutes per contest.
Wellere and the St. John’s women’s basketball team kick off the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 when the Red Storm welcomes St. Francis Brooklyn to Carnesecca Arena for a 4:30 p.m. first tip on ESPN3. The game will be the first end of a doubleheader with the St. John’s men’s team, which will host New Orleans later that evening.
2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates