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Kelsey Plum

School

University of Washington

Position
Guard
Major
Communications

Classroom

As a junior, Kelsey Plum was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner and a Academic All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection.

Character

A four-time team captain, Kelsey Plum is the definition of a team leader, and the success the team has accomplished during her time at Washington is no coincidence. Each season she has played, Washington has improved its record, punctuated by last year’s run to the program’s first Final Four. As a junior, Plum became the all-time leader in career points scored (2,418) at Washington while also getting her teammates involved, leading the team in assists (4.2). Plum’s work ethic is second to none, and it sets the tone for the entire team. Her personality and enthusiasm for the game spreads a lively spirit that is picked up by her teammates and the fans. Plum never hesitates to interact with young fans, whether it’s signing autographs after a game or taking pictures at the airport. She always represents herself, the basketball program and the University of Washington with the utmost dignity and respect on and off the court.

Community

Kelsey Plum is one of the most visible members of the Husky family in the community, volunteering for numerous projects during her time at Washington.

Competition

Plum already has secured her legacy as the best player to wear a Husky women’s basketball uniform. She surpassed 2,000 points for her career as a junior, becoming the fastest in Pac-12 history to reach that milestone, doing so in just 88 games. As of nomination time, she had 2,418 points, a new Washington record, and ranked fourth in Pac-12 history. This season, she has a chance to break the NCAA all-time record. The Poway, Calif., native became the first WBCA All-American in program history last season, averaging 25.9 points per game which led the Pac-12 and ranked fourth nationally. Plum started all 37 games, leading the nation in minutes played (1,414), free throws made (266) and free throws attempted (299). Leading the team in assists (4.16), she was the floor general who led the Huskies to its first ever NCAA Final Four appearance.