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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark named Sporting News Player of the Year

The long list of awards and honors that Caitlin Clark has received is only going to see exponential growth this season. She is up for more than a handful of awards and is sure to take home some well-earned hardware.

One of the first awards comes from Sporting News. The Iowa Hawkeyes point guard, Caitlin Clark, has been named the Sporting News Player of the Year.

This award is the first of what is going to be many for the face of college basketball this season. Caitlin Clark had lofty expectations this year and somehow exceeded all of them by shattering records, drawing huge ratings, and leading the Iowa Hawkeyes to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Even with all of the attention on her and defensive gameplans schemed around her ability to score and create, she put up her best year yet. Caitlin Clark averaged 31.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game this year. The points and assists are good for tops in the nation.

She also improved from beyond the arc. Caitlin Clark set the record for most Big Ten threes made in a year and passed legendary shooter Steph Curry for most threes in a season with 173 made three point shots so far.

Caitlin Clark posted 21 double-doubles and has tallied six triple-doubles during her extraordinary 2023-24 campaign. With the NCAA Tournament looming, she will be looking to add to all of these numbers.

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