Roughly a month after speaking with us about being nominated for the award, the final 30 were named for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award September 5th. Jessica January is one of only three basketball players to remain on the list.
“Making the final 30 is awesome,” January said, “being recognized among some of the top athletes in the country for their accomplishments in their sports, classrooms, and communities is a huge honor.”
January expressed gratitude for the team aspects of her individual recognition saying, “I just can’t thank DePaul University Athletics, my teammates, my coaches, Jill Hollenbeak, Doug Bruno, and my family for supporting me throughout my college career; you don’t get recognized for awards such as this for something you did on your own.”
January’s newest team has taken her far from the United States but one step closer to the WNBA by taking her talents to Europe.
“Romania is great,” said January, “I am playing for Alba Lulia. It’s a small town here. So we will be playing other Romanian teams and then other countries in the Central Wome’s European League.”
Although her long term goals remain back in the United States with the WNBA, Janaury’s immediate focus remains with her new team in Romania.
“We have a really tough schedule and a well-balanced team in terms of age and a new coach so I am definitely looking forward to a successful first season.”
The winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year award will be named on October 22nd in Indianapolis. January however, is not sure if she will be in attendance saying, “I’m not sure if I will be able to make the banquet but I hope I can be able to celebrate with a great group of young women.”