Notre Dame’s Hannah Hidalgo on Wooden Award Midseason Watch List

Notre Dame’s Hannah Hidalgo continues to show what she’s made of, which is something very special. In fact, she’s so special that she’s starting to get national attention as a freshman. That includes consideration for the Wooden Award, given to the national player of the year. Yes, Hidalgo has made the award’s midseason watch list.

Hidalgo is one of three freshmen on the 25-player list, the others being USC’s JuJu Watkins and LSU’s Mikaylah Williams. Any of them winning it would mean only the second freshman to win the award since it first was given in 2004. Paige Bueckers of UConn won it in 2021.

Defending award winner Caitlin Clark of Iowa also is on the list and figures to at least be in the running until the very end. Four other ACC players were named to the list, too. Needless to say, Hidalgo faces some stiff competition, but it’s great that she’s gotten this far.

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