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Two former area high school stars added to watch list for nation’s top point guard

Chennedy Carter, right, during her time at Mansfield Timberview. The McDonald’s All-American is now at Texas A&M
Chennedy Carter, right, during her time at Mansfield Timberview. The McDonald’s All-American is now at Texas A&M Special to the Star-Telegram

Twenty players, including two former Star-Telegram girls basketball players of the year, were named to the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award for point guards on Monday.

Colorado senior and Southlake Carroll grad Kennedy Leonard is joined with Texas A&M sophomore and Mansfield Timberview’s Chennedy Carter.

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Former Southlake Carroll point guard Kennedy Leonard (14) Steve Nurenberg Star-Telegram Archive

Leonard enters her final year second all-time in program history in assists, 11th in steals and 14th in points. Her 5.6 assists per game is best all-time and her 14.7 points per game ranks sixth.

Leonard earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight season as a junior, averaging 14.7 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while starting all 31 games at point guard. She broke Colorado’s single-season record with 200 assists on the year, eclipsing her own record as a sophomore.

A 2015 graduate from Carroll, Leonard led the Dragons to a 26-7 record and undefeated district season by averaging 17.2 points, 7.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game, and was named Star-Telegram player of the year as a senior.

She holds the Carroll school record for assists with 921 and is also in the Top-3 in scoring, rebounds and steals for the Lady Dragons. She was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee and was invited to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game.

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Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter drives against Mississippi State's Morgan William in the SEC tournament semifinal game. Carter, a Mansfield Timberview graduate, was USA Today's selection for women's freshman of the year. Mark Humphrey AP

Carter was named unanimous National Freshman of the Year, AP and WBCA All-American, SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SEC and a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week last season for the Aggies.

She scored 816 points, most in a single-season by a Texas A&M freshman and the second-most by any player. She led Division I freshmen and ranked sixth among all players in scoring with 22.7 points, which is the fourth-most by a Division I freshman over the past 10 seasons.

Carter, who already holds three of the top five single-game scoring marks in Texas A&M history, including a program record 46 points at USC. She hit the game-winning shot with 10.9 seconds to play.

Carter also hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining to complete a 17-point comeback against DePaul in the NCAA Second Round, setting a Texas A&M NCAA Tournament record with 37 points. She averaged 31.3 points in the NCAA Tournament, the fourth-most in tournament history.

The 2017 Star-Telegram player of the year, she ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect coming out of Timberview, where she averaged 20.3 points per game as a senior, helping them to the state championship game. She was a two-time all-state selection, helping the Wolves to a 70-4 record in her junior and senior years. She also played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Others include:

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (last year’s winner)

Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame

Crystal Dangerfield, UConn

Chastadie Barrs, Lamar

Kenisha Bell, Minnesota

Kelly Campbell, DePaul

Taja Cole, Georgia

Kayla Goth, Kansas State

Carmen Grande, Ohio State

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Paris Kea, North Carolina

Jessica Kovatch, St. Franics

Kyra Lambert, Duke

Channise Lewis, Maryland

Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse

Charlotte’s Laia Raventos, Charlotte

Destiny Slocum, Oregon State

Evina Westbrook, Tennessee

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