Durr Tabbed Preseason ACC Player of the Year, Women’s Basketball Picked Second

University of Louisville junior guard Asia Durr has been selected as the 2017-18 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.

In addition to the award, Durr, senior Myisha Hines-Allen and freshman Dana Evans earned All-ACC preseason honors from both the league’s coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel, the conference’s media and sports information directors.

Durr and Hines-Allen were named Preseason All-ACC, while Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List.

It marks the second straight season that a Louisville student-athlete has earned ACC Player of the Year honors, as Hines-Allen earned the award prior to her junior season.

Collectively, Louisville was picked to finish second by the league’s 15 coaches, with one first place vote, while the Blue Ribbon Panel also pegged the Cardinals second, with five first place votes. Notre Dame was chosen to win the conference’s title in both polls.

The Cardinals went 29-8 overall and 12-4 in ACC play in 2016-17. They are coming off their seventh NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history, all under the guidance of head coach Jeff Walz.

Walz has guided Louisville to a 263-94 mark and nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 10 seasons. Twice, he directed the Cardinals to the national championship game.

Last season, Durr became the school’s 28th 1,000-point scorer and broke the program’s single-season record with 119 3-pointers, while extending her school record for consecutive games with a trey to 39 contests.

She played in 36 games, all starts, averaging 19.2 points, which ranked fourth in school history, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 42 percent from the floor and 41 percent from 3-pt range.

Following the season, she was named WBCA honorable mention All-American and first team All-ACC.

Hines-Allen produced 13.9 points on 49 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds per game a year ago. She tallied 17 double-doubles, tying the school’s single-season record, set twice by Angel McCoughtry. Her 336 rebounds in 2016-17 are third most in a season in program history.

The Montclair, N.J., native ranks ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,482 points and sixth on the school’s career list in field goals (634) and rebounds (778).

Evans, a point guard out of Gary, Ind., ranked ninth overall in the class of 2017, according to espnW HoopGurlz. During her senior season, she averaged 35.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 4.8 steals, and was named a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-Star Selection.

She ranks fifth in Indiana high school history with 2,832 career points.

Louisville opens its 2017-18 campaign on Nov. 10 at home against Southeast Missouri in the first round of the 2017 Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

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Predicted Order of Finish (as selected by head coaches)

  1. Notre Dame (212 points, 8 first-place votes)
  2. Louisville (205 points, 1 first-place vote)
  3. Duke (200 points, 3 first-place votes)
  4. Florida State (188 points, 3 first place votes)
  5. Virginia (148 points)
  6. Georgia Tech (141 points)
  7. Syracuse (122 points)
  8. Miami (113 points)
  9. North Carolina (103 points)
  10. NC State (97 points)
  11. Wake Forest (90 points)
  12. Virginia Tech (82 points)
  13. Clemson (43 points)
  14. Pittsburgh (37 points)
  15. Boston College (19 points)

Preseason Player of the Year (as selected by head coaches)

Asia Durr, Jr., G, Louisville

Preseason All-ACC Team (as selected by head coaches)

Lexie Brown, R-Sr., G, Duke

Rebecca Greenwell, R-Sr., G, Duke

Shakayla Thomas, Sr., F, Florida State

Francesca Pan, So., G, Georgia Tech

Asia Durr, Jr., G, Louisville

Myisha Hines-Allen, Sr., F, Louisville

Paris Kea, R-Jr., G, North Carolina

Arike Ogunbowale, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Marina Mabrey, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Elisa Penna, So., G, Wake Forest

Newcomer Watch List (as selected by head coaches)

Mikayla Boykin, Fr., G, Duke

Lorela Cubaj, Fr., F, Georgia Tech

Dana Evans, Fr., G, Louisville

Janelle Bailey, Fr., C, North Carolina

Lili Thompson, GS, G, Notre Dame

Predicted Order of Finish (as selected by Blue Ribbon Panel)

  1. Notre Dame (858 points, 35 first-place votes)
  2. Louisville (809 points, 5 first-place votes)
  3. Duke (799 points, 10 first-place votes)
  4. Florida State (752 points, 10 first-place votes)
  5. Miami (515 points)
  6. Virginia (505 points)
  7. Syracuse (497 points)
  8. NC State (463 points)
  9. Georgia Tech (456 points)
  10. North Carolina (434 points)
  11. Virginia Tech (334 points)
  12. Wake Forest (316 points)
  13. Pittsburgh (193 points)
  14. Clemson (164 points)
  15. Boston College (86 points)

Preseason ACC Player of the Year (as selected by Blue Ribbon Panel)

Lexie Brown, R-Sr., G, Duke

Preseason All-ACC Team (as selected by Blue Ribbon Panel)

Lexie Brown, R-Sr., G, Duke

Rebecca Greenwell, R-Sr., G, Duke

Shakayla Thomas, Sr., F, Florida State

Asia Durr, Jr., G, Louisville

Myisha Hines-Allen, Sr., F, Louisville

Stephanie Watts, Jr., G, North Carolina

Paris Kea, R-Jr., G, North Carolina

Arike Ogunbowale, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Marina Mabrey, Jr., G, Notre Dame

Chanette Hicks, Jr., G, Virginia Tech

Newcomer Watch List (as selected by Blue Ribbon Panel)

Mikayla Boykin, Fr., G, Duke

Bego Faz Davalos, R-Sr., C, Duke

Dana Evans, Fr., G, Louisville

Janelle Bailey, Fr., C, North Carolina

Lili Thompson, GS, G, Notre Dame

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