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The popular girl

CLEVELAND -- Sometimes you look at Candace Parker and think -- not fair.

She has the total package: she's a great basketball player, smart, pretty and funny. You almost want to dislike her -- if she wasn't so nice.

This morning she earned yet another honor winning the U.S. Basketball Writers Association player of the year award. Her older brother, Marcus, was on hand to accept the award for his sister.

"People always talk about how effortless she seems on the court and say that the game comes easy for her," Marcus said. "But it has been a real effort. There were lots of nights alone in the park ... she recovered from two knee surgeries. While it may seem easy, her road to get here has been anything but that."

But by making it look easy, Parker has set herself up for a big payday. While a sophomore in eligibility, she is scheduled to graduate in December. She has denied speculation that she would be the first female to leave college early for the WNBA. And while there isn't a million-dollar pro hoops contract waiting for her in the WNBA, she would be leaving a pretty penny on the table in endorsement deals that are certain to fall her way.

---Amy Moritz

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