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As Expected, Caitlin Clark Wins National Player of the Year After Historic Season

Clark Became the First Player Ever to Reach 1,000 Points in Back-To-Back Seasons

Legendary Run

Iowa Hawkeyes point guard, Caitlin Clark, capped off her legendary basketball career with another Player of the Year Award after becoming college basketball’s all-time leading scorer and will enter the WNBA Draft when the national tournament concludes.

 

As Expected, Caitlin Clark Wins National Player of the Year After Historic Season
Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes | Adam Bettcher/Getty Images/AFP

One for the Ages

Last year’s women’s college basketball Player of the Year is now this year’s Player of the Year as Caitlin Clark led her Iowa women’s basketball team in points (31.9), assists (8.9), rebounds (7.3), and steals (1.8) per game. The Hawkeyes ended the season with a 29-4 record, a Big Ten title, and ranked No. 2 in the nation entering March Madness.


Caitlin Clark’s stats show she also led the nation in points and assists in back-to-back seasons while redefining the women’s game over her storied four-year career. The 6’0” senior became the all-time scoring leader with 3,685 points, surpassing Pete Maravich, who had held the record with 3,667 points since his college career ended in 1970.


A snapshot of Clark’s 2023-2024 season awards is as follows:

  • ESPN.com National Player of the Year
  • The Athletic National Player of the Year
  • USBWA First Team All-America
  • Big Ten Player of the Year
  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • 11x Big Ten Player of the Week

 

There was little suspense leading up to the POY award, but Clark insists it was a byproduct of her journey and not the destination.

For me, it was never something that I was like, ‘That’s what I was after,’” Clark said. “I was always after helping my team win, and that allowed me to play my best basketball. To be on the same list and categories as some of those players I was idolizing, whether it was Kelsey, whether it was that whole list of the top 10 — Brittney Griner, Jackie Stiles — you can go on and on about it. It’s just really special. It’s never anything you take for granted.


As for her prolific scoring record, Clark is quick to point out that it is her ability as a playmaker and putting her teammates in a position to score that gives her just as much satisfaction as scoring.

Coach Bluder preaches, ‘We want to celebrate the assist and that the assist is much more important than the basket,‘” Clark said. “As a point guard, you have to know where to set your teammates up to put them in positions to be successful.

I think I’ve always had the skill of kind of seeing the game at a different speed and understanding angles and where to get my teammates the ball,” Clark said. “At the same time, it makes my life easier when I can set up my teammates and help them score. Everybody always wants to talk about the scoring, but I think my passing is just as good if not better.


The Hawkeyes hold the No. 1 seed in Region 2 and Clark will soon be making WNBA news once the tournament is over where she will be the No. 1 overall pick of the Indiana Fever.

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