The awards don’t stop for Kentucky women’s basketball player Rhyne Howard. The incoming sophomore has just been named to the Cheryl Miller Award preseason watch list, which recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Howard is one of just 20 players from across the nation placed on this year’s watch list.
The news comes just one week after Howard was tabbed to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by league media. Last season, she raked in the awards, including unanimous national freshman of the year by espnW, USBWA and WBCA. Other awards included the SEC Freshman of the Year title and the AP SEC Newcomer of the Year honor.
I caught up with Howard at the team’s media day Tuesday morning (you can watch my recap for “Hey Kentucky!” here, or read KSR’s Zack Geoghegan’s recap here). I asked Howard about those awards from last season and which ones she hopes to bring home this year. As expected, her team-wide expectations will still come first.
“Leading my team to an SEC championship and further,” Howard began.
However, she also has lofty expectations for herself.
“I want to be player of the year, and I think I can do that.”
We won’t know which player will claim the national player of the year title until the end of the season, but we will find out the top-10 finalists for this Cheryl Miller Award in mid-February. In March, the list will be cut to five. Finally, the winner of the award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards on April 10 in Los Angeles.