Duke University Leads a Diverse Pack on the Naismith Preseason Watch List
This year's diverse list includes the top men's college basketball players from 44 schools around the country.
ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2010) – Duke University leads the 2010-11 Naismith preseason watch list with three players, the most from any college, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. This year's diverse list includes the top men's college basketball players from 44 schools around the country.
The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2010-11 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T* will be awarded at the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston.
"This year's watch list features an incredible array of talent from across the country, which will create a tremendous challenge for our voting academy in determining the winner of the most prestigious trophy in college basketball," said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director.
Since 2005, presenting sponsor AT&T has set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining the trophy winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging**, fan voting will account for 25 percent of all of the final results – more than any other national college basketball award.
In February, during CBS' coverage of college basketball, the "AT&T at the Half" segment will feature a Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention for the award.
"AT&T is excited to watch the performances of these student-athletes in the coming season, and we look forward to following their successes," said Jason Simpson, executive director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. "At AT&T, we're all about connecting people to what matters most to them, so we're proud to continue our relationship with the Naismith Trophy and give basketball fans a say in determining the next Men's College Player of the Year."
In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Other notable Naismith Men's College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball's player of the year.
The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball's player of the year.
2010-11 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:
Lavoy Allen Temple Forward Senior
Kevin Anderson Richmond Guard Senior
Harrison Barnes North Carolina Forward Freshman
Will Barton Memphis Guard Freshman
Talor Battle Penn State Guard Senior
Keith Benson Oakland Center Senior
William Buford Ohio State Guard Junior
Alec Burks Colorado Guard Sophomore
Randy Culpepper UTEP Guard Senior
Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech Guard Senior
Kim English Missouri Guard Junior
Kenneth Faried Morehead State Forward/Center Senior
Corey Fisher Villanova Guard Senior
Jimmer Fredette BYU Guard Senior
Austin Freeman Georgetown Guard Senior
Ashton Gibbs Pittsburgh Guard Junior
Elias Harris Gonzaga Forward Sophomore
Jeremy Hazell Seton Hall Guard Senior
Kyrie Irving Duke Guard Freshman
Charles Jenkins Hofstra Guard Senior
JaJuan Johnson Purdue Forward/Center Senior
Kevin Jones West Virginia Forward Junior
Perry Jones Baylor Forward Freshman
Kris Joseph Syracuse Forward Junior
Brandon Knight Kentucky Guard Freshman
Kawhi Leonard San Diego State Forward Sophomore
Jon Leuer Wisconsin Forward Senior
Kalin Lucas Michigan State Guard Senior
Shelvin Mack Butler Guard Junior
Demetri McCarney Illinois Guard Senior
E'Twaun Moore Purdue Guard Senior
Marcus Morris Kansas Forward Junior
Chandler Parsons Florida Forward Senior
Jacob Pullen Kansas State Guard Senior
Kyle Singler Duke Forward Senior
Chris Singleton Florida State Forward Junior
John Shurna Northwestern Forward Junior
Nolan Smith Duke Guard Senior
Jared Sullinger Ohio State Forward/Center Freshman
Durrell Summers Michigan State Guard Senior
Jeff Taylor Vanderbilt Guard/Forward Junior
Isaiah Thomas Washington Guard Junior
Trey Thompkins Georgia Forward/Center Junior
Klay Thompson Washington State Guard Junior
Kemba Walker Connecticut Guard Junior
Chris Warren Mississippi Guard Senior
Derrick Williams Arizona Forward Sophomore
Jordan Williams Maryland Forward Sophomore
Chris Wright Dayton Forward Senior
Tyler Zeller North Carolina Forward Junior
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ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983.
The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.