Lady Vol hoopster one of four nominees for the GMC Professional Grade Play Award
Rising sophomore basketball star Candace Parker has been nominated for the GMC Professional Grade Play Award, which will be presented at the 14th annual ESPY Awards on July 16.
Her two-dunk performance in the 2006 NCAA opening round game earned her a spot among the four finalists, which include NFL stars Doug Flutie and Antwaan Randle-El and MLB standout Aaron Rowand.
Parker led the Lady Vols to an SEC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
Tennessee finished 31-5 during her rookie season, paced by her averages of 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per outing. Parker completed the 2006 campaign as the only player on the team to start every contest and became just the third Lady Vol to earn Kodak All-America status during her rookie season.
The Naperville, Ill., native established a new Lady Vol record for free throw attempts in a season (218) and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, first-team All-SEC and the SEC Tournament MVP.
She earned spots on the NCAA Cleveland Regional All-Tournament team and the SEC All-Academic squad. Parker also led the USA Women’s Senior National Team in points (18.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounds (8.4 rpg) and earned a spot on the five-member All-Opals World Challenge Team in April.
Fans may vote for all 39 categories of the ESPY Awards by logging onto www.espn.go.com/espy2006. Voting begins Monday, June 26 and concludes at midnight on July 9. Lance Armstrong hosts the 2006 ESPY Awards, which will be shown at 9:00 p.m. ET on July 16 on ESPN.