Arella Guirantes Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Team
Credit Source: Rutgers University Athletics
The Rutgers star is one of 30 on the national list
ATLANTA – Redshirt senior guard Arella Guirantes has been named to the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason Team, it was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday.
Guirantes is one of 30 players nationally on the list and one of six from the Big Ten.
Alongside this national honor, Guirantes is also a top candidate for the Wooden Award’s Most Outstanding Player, the Wade Trophy for National Player of the Year, the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award and a Top 10 nominee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award.
Nine 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 11 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, and is one of just two players in the country to rank in the Top 30 in each of those categories.
She is averaging 21.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 3.0 spg and 2.2 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.
2020-21 Naismith Trophy Midseason Team
|Aliyah Boston||So.||F||South Carolina||SEC|
|Paige Bueckers||Fr.||G||UConn||BIG EAST|
|Caitlin Clark||Fr.||G||Iowa||Big Ten|
|Charli Collier||Jr.||F/C||Texas||Big 12|
|Zia Cooke||So.||G||South Carolina||SEC|
|Elissa Cunane||Jr.||C||NC State||ACC|
|Kysre Gondrezick||Sr.||G||West Virginia||Big 12|
|Arella Guirantes||Sr.||G||Rutgers||Big Ten|
|Anastasia Hayes||Jr.||G||Middle Tennessee||C-USA|
|Naz Hillmon||Jr.||F||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Rickea Jackson||So.||F||Mississippi St.||SEC|
|Ashley Joens||Jr.||G/F||Iowa State||Big 12|
|N’dea Jones||Sr.||F||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Dorka Juhász||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Natasha Mack||Sr.||F||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Olivia Nelson-Ododa||Jr.||F||UConn||BIG EAST|
|Ashley Owusu||So.||G||Maryland||Big Ten|
|Lindsey Pulliam||Sr.||G||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|NaLyssa Smith||Jr.||F||Baylor||Big 12|
|Christyn Williams||Jr.||G||UConn||BIG EAST|