Dana Evans Finds Herself With Another Preseason Accolade

Dana Evans was named preseason ACC POY earlier today and now has also been named to the Drysdale Award Watch list.

The award, which recognizes the top shooting guard in Division 1 basketball and is named after Ann Meyers Drysdale. Drysdale is the first player (male or female) named to an All-American team in four straight college seasons. 

Evans, who averaged 18ppg, 4.2 apg, and 2.8rpg on her way to winning ACC Player of the Year in 2020 is joined on the list by two other ACC competitors; NC State’s Jakia Brown-Turner and Syracuse’s Kiara Lewis. Dana looks to add another trophy and achievement to an already stellar career at Louisville, but I’m sure if you were to ask her she would trade it all for that elusive NCAA National Championship trophy and ring.

One other Louisville player has received this award. Cardinal Forever Asia Durr won the award in 2019 after an incredible season. Now, Dana looks to join her as a winner in her senior season. 

CardNation you are encouraged to vote for Dana Evans in each of the first three rounds. Voting is presented by Dell Technologies and starts in February. The watch list will be cut in half from 20 to 10 and then from 10 to 5 in early March. The five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.

To read all about Dana and her inclusion on this watch list, read UofL’s press release below. 


Dana Evans Named to Drysdale Award Watch List

Evans is one of three ACC players named to the list.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith MemorialBasketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announcedtoday that University of Louisville women’s basketball senior guard Dana Evans is one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.

She is one of three players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to be named to the list, joined by NC State’s Jakia Brown-Turner and Syracuse’s Kiara Lewis.

This marks the second accolade of the day for Evans as earlier she was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

Named after the first player, male or female, named to an All-America Team in four straight college seasons, the annual award in its fourth year recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Anational committee of top college basketballpersonnel determined the watch list of 20candidates. 

“As a standout at UCLA, Annie Meyers was one of the most dominant players in the college game, surpassing records held by both men and women,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “As a basketball executive and commentator, she is one of the sharpest minds in the game. We are grateful to utilize her expertise when evaluating our watch lists and we invite the fans to cast their votes and weigh-in alongside Annie and our committee members.”

College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In early February, the watch list of 20 players forthe 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guardof the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. Inearly March, five finalists will be presented toMs. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’sselection committee.

The winner of the 2021 Ann Meyers DrysdaleAward will be presented on Friday, April 9, 2021, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.

Previous winners of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year Award include Aari McDonald, Arizona (2020), Asia Durr, Louisville (2019) and Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State (2018).

For more information on the 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award and the latest updates, log ontowww.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #MeyersAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, November 13.

2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates*

Aari McDonald


Chelsea Dungee


DiJonai Carrington


Christyn Williams


Sonya Morris


Jill Townsend


Nicole Cardaño-Hillary


Dana Evans


Ashley Owusu


Jakia Brown-Turner

NC State

Lindsey Pulliam


Taylor Robertson


Taylor Mikesell


Arella Guirantes


Zia Cooke

South Carolina

Kiana Williams


Kiara Lewis


Destiny Pitts

Texas A&M

Charisma Osborne


Brynna Maxwell



*Players can play their way onto and off of thelist at any point in the 2020-21 season

About Ann Meyers Drysdale:

Ann Meyers Drysdale’s career escalated women’s basketball to a new level. She was the first high school player to make the United States national team and the first woman to receive a full four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA. Her high-octane approach translated into wins and awards and she finished her impressive career at UCLA owning 12 of 13 school records including becoming the first player to record a quadruple double in UCLA history. A supremely talented all-around player with natural basketball ability and instincts, Meyers Drysdale was the first player, male or female, named to an All-America team in four straight seasons and was named Player of the Year during her senior year. While still at UCLA, she started on the first women’s Olympic team in 1976. After an All-America career, she became the first player drafted into the Women’s Basketball League, earning WBL MVP and making history by becoming the first female player to tryout with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, with whom she signed a free agent contract. Meyers Drysdale pushed the envelope in women’s basketball, bringing a feel and sense for the game that few players ever exhibited. She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2012, Meyers Drysdale became one of the first annual naming honorees on the women’s side of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) with the organization’s National Women’s Player of the Year. Since retiring from professional play, she has had a very successful career as an NBA and WNBA executive, as well as a color commentator for the NBA, WNBA and the Olympic Games in 1984, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2005 she received the ASAMA Ronald Reagan Media Award and in2019, she was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Pac-12 Hall of Honor.

About the WBCA:

Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. For more information, visit us online:www.WBCA.org, follow @wbca1981 or call 1-770-279-8027.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visitwww.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

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