I wonder if anyone has ever had as great a year as Candace Parker. Coming off a National Championship at the University of Tennessee in 2007, Parker let the Lady Vols to a second straight title before being the top pick in the WNBA draft. The Los Angeles Sparks went from worst to first and won the WNBA title in August. But it doesn’t stop there! Parker also led the US Olympic Team to an another undefeated record on their way to the Gold Medal.
Since high school Parker has won all sorts of personal awards. This year alone she was a Kodak All American, SEC Tournament MVP, John Wooden Award winner, ESPY Best Female Athlete, the WNBA Rookie of the Year and league MVP, and now AP Female Athlete of the Year. Candace is also a very engaging young woman who earned the respect of such veterans as Lisa Leslie who is a former WNBA champion and MVP herself. Normally a rookie that comes in with such accomplishments may not fit in as well as the veterans. But Candace has done the opposite. She can play with anyone and is a leader wherever she goes.
The future is bright for Candace Parker. Congratulations to her and other female athletes who aspire to excellence!