The 6-foot-2 Pride led KU in scoring (14.9 points per game), rebounding (6.7 per game) and steals (70) last season, powering the Jayhawks to the second Sweet 16 appearance in school history.
``Lynn Pride is one of the elite players in the country,'' KU coach Marian Washington said. ``She is just a player who plays the entire ball game. At her size, her quickness and her ability to handle the basketball, she is just simply one of the best.''
The Naismith candidates were selected by the Naismith Awards National Advisory Board of coaches, journalists and administrators. The other candidates are: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee; Dominique Canty, Alabama; Tamika Catching, Tennessee; Amanda Wilson, Louisiana Tech; Tamika Whitmore, Memphis; Mery Andrade, Old Dominion; Semeka Randall, Tennessee; DeMya Walker, Virginia; and Stephanie White, Purdue.