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Atlanta Tipoff Club announces midseason top 30 for Naismith

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday its midseason top 30 list for the Naismith Men's Player of the Year trophy that'll eventually go to college basketball's best player.

Here's the list (in alphabetical order):

  • Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
  • Keith Appling (Michigan State)
  • Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico)
  • James Bell (Villanova)
  • Bryce Cotton (Providence)
  • Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
  • Melvin Ejim (Iowa State)
  • Joel Embiid (Kansas)
  • Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
  • Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State)
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis)
  • Nick Johnson (Arizona)
  • DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
  • Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
  • Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Jabari Parker (Duke)
  • Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh)
  • Casey Prather (Florida)
  • Julius Randle (Kentucky)
  • Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Nik Stauskas (Michigan)
  • Xavier Thames (San Diego State)
  • Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
  • Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
  • Chaz Williams (UMass)
Michigan guard Trey Burke won the Naismith award last season.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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