TUCSON, Arizona — Arizona Wildcat guard Aari McDonald was named one of four finalists for the Wade Trophy, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The award is presented to the best player in women's college basketball.
McDonald is also a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, and the Wooden Award. She has already been named and AP and USBWA second-team All-American.
McDonald has also already been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She led the conference in steals per game (2.3) as well as points per game (20.6). The Wildcats were projected to be a No. 4 seed in the Women's NCAA Tournament before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus.
Despite playing just two seasons for the Wildcats, McDonald is sixth all-time in program history with 1,486 points. She is eligible to return for her senior season.