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Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:23 pm
 

The 30 mid-season candidates for the 2009 Naismith Trophy have been announced.

They are ...

  • A.J. Abrams (Texas)
  • Jeff Adrien (Connecticut)
  • DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh)
  • Trevor Booker (Clemson)
  • Jon Brockman (Washington)
  • Nick Calathes (Florida)
  • Dionte Christmas (Temple)
  • Earl Clark (Louisville)
  • Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • Stephen Curry (Davidson)
  • Devan Downey (South Carolina)
  • Blake Griffin (Oklahoma)
  • Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)
  • Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
  • James Harden (Arizona State)
  • Gerald Henderson (Duke)
  • Robbie Hummel (Purdue)
  • James Johnson (Wake Forest)
  • Ty Lawson (North Carolina)
  • Eric Maynor (VCU)
  • Jack McClinton (Miami)
  • Jerel McNeal (Marquette)
  • Jodie Meeks (Kentucky)
  • Patrick Mills (Saint Mary's)
  • Tyrese Rice (Boston College)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Jeff Teague (Wake Forest)
  • Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut)
  • Terrence Williams (Louisville)
  • Sam Young (Pittsburgh)
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2009 5:13 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

You may want to rethink your comment about Maynor.  Both NBA & College analyists can't contain their glee when taking about Maynor.   22.3 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 6.2 Asts per game averages.  He could improve defensive skills.

"Maynor’s creativity as a point guard was on full display in the CAA Championship game, as he showed the type of court vision and playmaking instincts that you just don’t see from any other point guard in this year’s draft class. He does much more than just run the pick and roll to pass backwards or drive and dish—he’s liable to whip the ball to anywhere on the floor at any moment, with skip-passes, post-entries, lobs and everything in-between. He controls the flow of the game categorically, playing the game at a terrific pace in nonchalant fashion, while never showing the least bit of emotion—which is incredibly rare for a playmaker his age."   

 




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2009 12:56 am
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists


Not for a National Award. Evans and Aldrich are just better options at this point. No one is gonna pick either one of these 4 (Aldrich, Evans, Christmas, or Maynor) anyway. At least give the guys with stiffer competition more respect.




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 6:59 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

Addendum: If you want a center, how about St Joe's Ahmad Nivins? He averages 5 more points, 1 more rebound, and 3 percentage points better FG% than Aldrich.




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 6:32 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

You want to toss guys who average 23, 4, and 6 (Maynor) and 20, 6, and 3 (Christmas) in favor of someone who averages 17, 5, and 4 (Evans)? Aldrich is kind of an apples v oranges argument, but you mostly seem to be suggesting that the high profile programs like Kansas and Memphis don't get enough attention. I know that Maynor and Christmas aren't going to win the Naismith award, but it's ridiculous to suggest that they don't deserve a little bit of recognition.




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:16 am
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists


They need to toss Eric Maynor and Dionte Christmas in favor of Cole Aldrich and Tyreke Evans.




Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2009 11:24 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

 

No Marcus Thornton from LSU?  Are you kidding me?  This kid is going to be a top 5 pick and scores at will.  The SEC-is-weak disease continues to run its vicious course unabated.  Anyone who just saw LSU, and more specifically Thornton, beat Florida knows exactly what I mean.  I'm not saying he should win, but him not being a finalist is absurd.




Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 10:37 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists


Were is Lucus from MSU?

 




Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:47 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

What about Tyler Smith!!?!!   He's the only person whos in the top 20 in rebounds, points and assists in the SEC!!!!   I know Tennessee's not great but he should still be on this list!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 




Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:30 pm
 

Two Wake Players

I must say I'm suprised that both Teague and Johnson both made the cut. Teague I could see with all the media attention he got after those 3 huge games he had. However, I had seen no indication (at least in the media) that Johnson was even considered one of the top in the country. Being a Wake fan I know he truly has the ability but I just didn't get the impression he was that high up from the media. Still, it's nice to know both players are back next year (if they stay) which just means a lot for the future of the program.

 




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 8:29 pm
 

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces Naismith finalists

How in the world is Tony Douglas at Florida State not on the list.  There are nine ACC players on the list.  No one, including all ACC coaches would agree that Tony Douglas is the 10th best player in his own league.  He is the leading scorer in ACC games thus far.  And he is amongst the best defensive guards in the country.  FSU, second in the ACC, is once again overlooked.



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