University of Delaware basketball star Elena Delle Donne has been named the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete, it was announced by PSWA president Ron Corbin, of KYW NewsRadio.
Delle Donne, a unanimous choice on the Associated Press women’s basketball preseason All America team, will be honored at the PSWA’s 109th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Delle Donne, who led the nation scoring with 28.1 points per game, was a consensus first team All America last season. She also earned the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award for the second time in the last three years as Delaware finished with a 31-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to becoming only the 15th player in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to surpass the 900 point mark for the season, she also led the Blue Hens with 10.3 rebounds per game, 86 blocked shots, 39 steals, and 52 three-point field goals.
Previous winners of the Outstanding Amateur Athlete Award include Villanova’s Sheila Reid (twice), Matt Ryan, Steve Slayton, Jameer Nelson, Lisa Raymond, Dawn Staley, Vicki Huber, Jay Sigel, and Michael Brooks.
Other prestigious awards at the dinner, including Team of the Year, Living Legend, Native Son, Humanitarian of the Year, and Good Guy Athlete, among others, will be announced in coming weeks, as will a couple of memorable surprise presentations and some “Special Achievement” awards. The most coveted award—Most Courageous—is kept secret until the night of the dinner, the oldest continuing sports awards banquet in the nation.
The dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $95 apiece and are available by CLICKING HERE.
Doors to the banquet open at 5 p.m. with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.