Arella Guirantes Named to Meyers Award Top 10 Watch List
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Rutgers’ sharpshooter is a semifinalist for the nation’s top shooting guard
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Rutgers women’s basketball redshirt senior Arella Guirantes has been named one of the Top 10 candidates for the 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
The annual award is in its fourth year and recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. To be considered for this prestigious honor, candidates must exhibit the tenacity and scoring prowess of Class of 1993 Hall of Famer Ann Meyers.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2021 Meyers Award will be presented April 9, 2021, along with the four other members of the Women’s Starting Five.
Alongside this Top 10 Watch List, Guirantes is also a top candidate for the Wooden Award’s Most Outstanding Player, the Wade and Naismith Trophies for National Player of the Year, and the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.
Eight games into the 2020-21 campaign, the Bellport, N.Y. has already claimed an ESPN National Player of the Week honor and two Big Ten Player of the Week accolades, while becoming just the third player in Rutgers history and one of just 10 players across the nation this year to record a triple-double. She ranks in the nation’s Top 30 in points, assists, steals and blocks per game, a rare feat with that level of production across all four statistical categories.
She is averaging 22.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 3.1 spg and 2.3 bpg in 2020-21 with a pair of 30-plus-point performances against then-No. 14 Maryland and Iowa, who was receiving votes in the national polls.
Guirantes was named a Big Ten Coaches Preseason Co-Player of the Year. These honors follow the 2019-20 season in which she was the Big Ten scoring champion and the No. 9 ranked scorer in the nation with 20.6 points per game, an All-America Honorable Mention by the AP, WBCA and USBWA, and unanimously First Team All-Big Ten.
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