The 2013 NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team was announced last week, and Duke’s Chelsea Gray was one of the ten athletes named to the distinguished list.
Gray, a junior, led the Duke Blue Devils to a 22-1 record, including a 12-0 ACC mark, before suffering a dislocated kneecap in the first half of Duke’s February 17th victory over Wake Forest. The point guard starred for the Blue Devils, putting up averages of 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 steals and 5.4 rebounds per game over the 2012-13 campaign and, although Duke still managed to reach the Elite Eight without her, the team never seemed to fully recover after her injury.
This is delightful news for Blue Devil fans and is most certainly a bittersweet victory following their disappointing loss in the Elite Eight to Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame. Gray is one of the more entertaining players to watch in all of women’s college basketball and highly deserving of the award. Her well-rounded skills gave Duke a certain versatility that they lacked in her absence, and her ability to take control of and run the offense was as good as anyone other player I watched this year.
The award only adds to Gray’s impressive list of accolades, which already includes:
- 2012-13 ACC Co-Player of the Year
- 2012-13 ACC First-Team (Second Straight Year)
- John R. Wooden Award Finalist
- USBWA NPOY Finalist
- Naismith NPOY Finalist
Joining Gray on the WBCA All-America team is Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride, UConn’s Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.