Another day, another impressive feat in her young college career.
Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball guard Rhyne Howard has been nominated as one of the four finalists to receive the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, awarded each season to the most outstanding player across the country.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, Howard was named an AP First Team All-American for the first time in program history and she is also believed to be the first player at Kentucky to be named in the top four for the Naismith Trophy. If Howard were to win the award, she would be only the fifth sophomore to ever take home the award.
Howard joins Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, Baylor’s Lauren Cox, and South Carolina’s Ty Harris as the four finalists. Odds are high that Ionescu wins the award but don’t count out Howard as a close second.
Fan voting makes up five percent of the overall vote and runs through April 1. You can place your ballot for Howard by clicking the link here. The winner is scheduled to be announced on April 3. Oh, and while you’re at it, make sure to also vote for Howard to win the Cheryl Miller Award – gifted to the nation’s top small forward.
Howard was named SEC Player of the Year while also being tabbed to the All-SEC First-Team and the All-SEC Defensive Team. She finished second in the nation in scoring at 23.4 points per game and led the ‘Cats in rebounding at 6.5 per outing.