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Arizona guard Aari McDonald a finalist for Wade Trophy

The award is given to the best player in the country

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 12 Women’s Oregon at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona Wildcats guard Aari McDonald was named one of the four finalists for the Wade Trophy on Thursday morning, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The award is given to the best player in college basketball.

The other candidates are Dana Evans (Louisville), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina) and Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon).

McDonald has a strong case after leading the Pac-12 in scoring (20.6) and steals per game (2.3) as well as being named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

McDonald, who has already been named second-team All-American by the AP and USBWA, is also a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award and Wooden Award.

The winner of the Wade Trophy will be announced on April 2. McDonald has until April 7 to decide if she will declare for the WNBA Draft or return for her redshirt senior season.