Becky Hammon Player Of The Year Watch List Features BYU Star Shaylee Gonzales

Oct 20, 2021, 11:41 AM
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PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s basketball star Shaylee Gonzales has been named to the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

Gonzales is one of 25 players to be named to the preseason watch for the Becky Hammon Award.

Hammon, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, was a three-time All-American at Colorado State. She faced BYU on an annual basis during her college when the Cougars and Rams were members of the WAC.

The Becky Hammon Award began two years ago in 2020 and was awarded to South Dakota’s Ciara Duffy. Last year, Florida Gulf Coast’s Kierstan Bell took home the award.

Gonzales enters her fourth year with the BYU program, but due to a medical redshirt year in 2020 and a COVID-19 year last season, the 5-foot-10 guard is still only a sophomore in her BYU career.

Last year, Gonzales was West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year, averaging 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. BYU head coach Jeff Judkins once called Gonzales’ BYU’s version of Donovan Mitchell for the type of impact on the BYU Women’s Basketball program.

To be eligible for the Becky Hammon Award, players must compete in one of the 26 conferences deemed to be “mid-major.” That includes the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC. In 2023, BYU athletics will be leaving the West Coast Conference to be a full-time member of the Big 12 Conference.

Shaylee Gonzales and the BYU Women’s Basketball program tip off the 2021-22 season on Tuesday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. (MT) at the Marriott Center against Lipscomb.

2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award Watch List 

Dariauna Lewis, Alabama A&M

Destinee Wells, Belmont

Lexi Fleming, Bowling Green

Gabi Haack, Bradley

Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo

Shaylee Gonzales, BYU

Caitlyn Harper, California Baptist

Jasmine Dickey, Delaware

Grace Berg, Drake

Kierstan Bell, Florida Gulf Coast

TK Morehouse, Florida Gulf Coast

Haley Cavinder, Fresno State

Jenson Edwards, High Point

Macee Williams, IUPUI

Ameshya Williams, Jackson State

Kiki Jefferson, James Madison

Akila Smith, Longwood

Megan Walstad, Milwaukee

Brice Calip, Missouri State

Jasmine Franklin, Missouri State

Cece Hooks, Ohio

Stephanie Visscher, Stephen F. Austin

Chloe Lamb, South Dakota

Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota

Myah Selland, South Dakota State

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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