Tag:Naismith Player of the Year
Posted on: October 29, 2009 11:10 am
Edited on: October 29, 2009 11:17 am
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Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List announced


The Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List was announced Thursday morning.

It consists of 50 players, 44 of whom were on the initial ballot I filed (as one of six members of the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors). The players on the Preseason Watch List missing from my initial ballot are Patrick Christopher (California), Jerome Dyson (Connecticut), Jerome Jordan (Tulsa), Sylven Landesberg (Virginia), A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt) and Edwin Ubiles (Siena). Instead, I had Kenny Boynton (Florida), DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), Wesley Johnson (Syracuse), E'Twaun Moore (Purdue), Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).

Anyway, here's the list (in alphabetical order):
  1. Solomon Alabi (Florida State)
  2. Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
  3. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
  4. James Anderson (Oklahoma State)
  5. Luke Babbitt (Nevada)
  6. Talor Battle (Penn State)
  7. Trevor Booker (Clemson)
  8. Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga)
  9. Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  10. Avery Bradley (Texas)
  11. Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia)
  12. Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  13. Patrick Christopher (California)
  14. Ed Davis (North Carolina)
  15. Devan Downey (South Carolina)
  16. Jerome Dyson (Connecticut)
  17. Devin Ebanks (West Virginia)
  18. Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)
  19. Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
  20. Manny Harris (Michigan)
  21. Gordon Hayward (Butler)
  22. Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
  23. Xavier Henry (Kansas)
  24. Robbie Hummel (Purdue)
  25. Damion James (Texas)
  26. Jerome Jordan (Tulsa)
  27. Sylven Landesberg (Virginia)
  28. Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)
  29. Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  30. Tasmin Mitchell (LSU)
  31. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
  32. A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)
  33. Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)
  34. Jerome Randle (Calfornia)
  35. Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)
  36. Samardo Samuels (Louisville)
  37. Larry Sanders (VCU)
  38. Kyle Singler (Duke)
  39. Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
  40. Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
  41. Evan Turner (Ohio State)
  42. Edwin Ubiles (Siena)
  43. Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
  44. Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)
  45. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  46. John Wall (Kentucky)
  47. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  48. Terrico White (Ole Miss)
  49. Nic Wise (Arizona)
  50. Chris Wright (Dayton)
The Big East and ACC placed nine players each on the 50-player list.

The Big 12 and SEC each had eight.

By class, it breaks down like this:
  • Seniors: 19
  • Juniors: 14
  • Sophomores: 12
  • Freshmen: 5
"The level of talent is exceptional across all teams, conferences and classes, which further underscores just how many candidates have a legitimate chance to win this award,” said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president.  “We are looking forward to the start of the season and to see who will end the year as the winner of the Naismith Trophy, the most prestigious award in college basketball."

The list will be trimmed to 30 players in February.

It'll be narrowed to four finalists in March.
Posted on: October 12, 2009 3:25 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 3:28 pm
 

Update on Naismith 50 Preseason Watch List


There are six of us on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Award, and we all turned in our ballots for the 50 Preseason Watch List last Friday. (You can see my ballot here ). Turns out, we agreed on 29 of the 50. So those 29 will be on the official 50 Preseason Watch List that will be unveiled soon.

Seven more players appeared on five of the six ballots. So they were added to the list, too. And then five more players appeared on four of the six ballots. So they were added to the list, too.

That means 41 of the 50 are done.

That means the final nine have to be finalized.

There were 11 players who appeared on three of the six ballots. So what we are now being asked to do is trim that list of 11 to nine, and rank them from most-deserving to least-deserving.

The list of 11 we're working off looks like this:
  • Patrick Christopher (California)
  • Jerome Dyson (Connecticut)
  • Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
  • Xavier Henry (Kansas)
  • Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
  • Jerome Jordan (Tulsa)
  • Sylven Landesberg (Virginia)
  • Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)
  • Raymar Morgan (Michigan State)
  • A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)
  • Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
Of those 11, five were on my initial ballot (Hayward, Henry, Johnson, Lawal, Varnado); I see no reason to eliminate them now. So what I'm really doing here is selecting four players from a list of Christopher, Dyson, Jordan, Landesberg, Morgan and Ogilvy.

Here's the list I'm filing:
  1. Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
  2. Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)
  3. Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
  4. Xavier Henry (Kansas)
  5. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
  6. Jerome Dyson (Connecticut)
  7. Raymar Morgan (Michigan State)
  8. Patrick Christopher (California)
  9. A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)
In other words, Landesberg and Jordan didn't make my cut.

I offer my condolences.
Posted on: October 9, 2009 9:22 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 9:26 pm
 

My 50-player ballot for the Naismith Award


As a member of the Naismith Board of Selectors, my ballot for the 50 Preseason Watch List was due Friday.

I submitted the following ballot:

(Nominees are in alphabetical order)
  1. Solomon Alabi (Florida State)
  2. Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
  3. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
  4. James Anderson (Oklahoma State)
  5. Luke Babbitt (Nevada)
  6. Talor Battle (Penn State)
  7. Trevor Booker (Clemson)
  8. Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga)
  9. Kenny Boynton (Florida)
  10. Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  11. Avery Bradley (Texas)
  12. Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia)
  13. Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  14. DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
  15. Ed Davis (North Carolina)
  16. Devan Downey (South Carolina)
  17. Devin Ebanks (West Virginia)
  18. Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)
  19. Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
  20. Manny Harris (Michigan)
  21. Gordon Hayward (Butler)
  22. Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
  23. Xavier Henry (Kansas)
  24. Robbie Hummel (Purdue)
  25. Damion James (Texas)
  26. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
  27. Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)
  28. Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  29. Tasmin Mitchell (LSU)
  30. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
  31. E'Twaun Moore (Purdue)
  32. Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)
  33. Jerome Randle (Calfornia)
  34. Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)
  35. Samardo Samuels (Louisville)
  36. Larry Sanders (VCU)
  37. Kyle Singler (Duke)
  38. Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
  39. Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati)
  40. Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas)
  41. Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
  42. Evan Turner (Ohio State)
  43. Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
  44. Greivis Vazquez (Maryland)
  45. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  46. John Wall (Kentucky)
  47. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  48. Terrico White (Ole Miss)
  49. Nic Wise (Arizona)
  50. Chris Wright (Dayton)
The Atlanta Tip-off Club is compiling all ballots and will announce the 50 Preseason Watch List later this month.

The list will then be updated and cut to 30 players in late January/early February.

The Naismith Player of the Year will be announced during the Final Four.

Blake Griffin won the award last season.
Posted on: March 22, 2009 4:50 pm
 

Naismith Player of the Year finalists announced

The finalists for the Naismith Men's College Player of the Year have been unveiled.

They are ...

  • DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh)
  • Blake Griffiin (Oklahoma)
  • Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)
  • Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut)

The winner will be announced April 5.

 
 
 
 
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