Naismith announces early-season watch list

Creighton's Doug McDermott is among the favorites to win this year's Naismith Award. (US Presswire)

The Atlantic Tipoff Club announced its 50-player early-season watch list on Tuesday morning, led by Creighton Bluejays 's Doug McDermott and Indiana Hoosiers 's Cody Zeller .

Unlike the Wooden Award, the Naismith allows newcomers to make the list -- and seven freshmen are among the 50. Come February, the Board of Selectors will make a list of 30, and then cut it to four in March. 

Here are the 50:

  • Kyle Anderson , UCLA Bruins
  • Chane Behanan , Louisville Cardinals
  • Kenny Boynton , Florida Gators
  • Lorenzo Brown , NC State Wolfpack
  • Trey Burke , Michigan Wolverines
  • Isaiah Canaan , Murray State Racers
  • Michael Carter-Williams , Syracuse Orange
  • Rotnei Clarke , Butler Bulldogs
  • Jack Cooley , Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • D.J. Cooper , Ohio Bobcats
  • Aaron Craft , Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Matthew Dellavedova , St. Mary's Gaels
  • Gorgui Dieng , Louisville
  • Michael Dixon Jr. , Missouri Tigers
  • Jamaal Franklin , San Diego State Aztecs
  • Tim Frazier , Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Archie Goodwin , Kentucky Wildcats
  • Elias Harris , Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Pierre Jackson , Baylor Bears
  • Sean Kilpatrick , Cincinnati Bearcats
  • C.J. Leslie , NC State
  • Mark Lyons , Arizona Wildcats
  • Trevor Mbakwe , Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • James Michael McAdoo , North Carolina Tar Heels
  • C.J. McCollum , Lehigh Mountain Hawks
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Rodney McGruder , Kansas State Wildcats
  • Ben McLemore , Kansas Jayhawks
  • Mike Moser , UNLV Rebels
  • Shabazz Muhammad , UCLA
  • Nerlens Noel , Kentucky
  • Kevin Pangos , Gonzaga
  • Mason Plumlee , Duke Blue Devils
  • Otto Porter , Georgetown Hoyas
  • Alex Poythress , Kentucky
  • Phil Pressey , Missouri
  • Andre Roberson , Colorado Buffaloes
  • Peyton Siva , Louisville
  • Marcus Smart , Oklahoma State Cowboys State" data-canon="Oklahoma Sooners" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">
  • Michael Snaer , Florida State Seminoles
  • Jarnell Stokes , Tennessee Volunteers
  • Adonis Thomas , Memphis Tigers
  • Deshaun Thomas , Ohio State
  • Christian Watford , Indiana
  • Jeff Withey , Kansas
  • Nate Wolters , South Dakota State Jackrabbits
  • BJ Young , Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Patric Young , Florida
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
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