— Staff Report
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced the finalists for the 2014 WBCA Junior/Community College Player of the Year award, and Weatherford College’s Itiana Taylor is one of three finalists for the prestigious honor.
The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in each of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, junior/community college and high school).
Taylor, a 6-foot sophomore forward from Pflugerville, led the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference in both scoring (21.09 points per game) and rebounds (13 per game) during the 2013-14 season.
She was a third team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in her freshman season, and she is a two-time first team All-Conference honoree.
“She’s probably the best all-around player we’ve had here,” said Bob McKinley, who is in his 37th year of coaching at WC. “She has unbelievable speed for someone her size and a motor that just doesn’t stop.
“I’ll be really sad to see her leave; she makes me happy every day because of her attitude and work ethic.”
Taylor has signed a national letter of intent to play for East Carolina University, a Division I program in Greenville, N.C.
The other two finalists for the WBCA award are Adut Bukgak, a 6-foot-4-inch forward for top-ranked Trinity Valley Community College (Texas), and Capree Garner, a 5-foot-7-inch guard from Harford Community College (Md.).
The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show on April 7 in Nashville. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Taylor was also named to the 10-member WBCA All-America team for the Junior/Community College division. WC’s Bre Brooks earned honorable mention All-America honors from the WBCA.
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.