Naismith Trophy releases 50-player watch list

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

The Naismith Trophy released its early season watch list on Thursday, consisting of 50 names.

They will also have a midseason list of 30 players, before cutting it down to four finalists.

Michigan's Trey Burke won the award last season.

This season's list has eight freshmen, 15 sophomores, nine juniors and 18 seniors. In terms of conferences, here's the breakdown:

  • ACC: 7
  • AAC: 5
  • A-10: 3
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 9
  • Big 12: 6
  • Mountain West: 2
  • Others: 5
  • Pac-12: 5
  • SEC: 7
  • WCC: 2

Jordan Adams, UCLA
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Perry Ellis, Kansas
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Treveon Graham, VCU
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Joe Harris, Virginia
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Tyler Haws, BYU
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Rodney Hood, Duke
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Johnny O'Bryant, LSU
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Jabari Parker, Duke
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Juvonte Reddic, VCU
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
Wayne Selden, Kansas
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
James Young, Kentucky

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