SEC Talent Rules in 2011-2012 Naismith Preseason Watch List


With 10 players from four different universities, The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads the 2011-12 Naismith preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.


ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 2011) – With 10 players from four different universities, The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads the 2011-12 Naismith preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. This year’s list includes the top men’s college basketball players from 34 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 2012 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans.

Two teams – UNC and Kentucky – boast four players each on the list, while three schools – Connecticut, Ohio State and Vanderbilt – each have three players. The list represents 14 different athletic conferences and features 28 upperclassmen and 22 underclassmen.

“Between conference realignments, rule changes and an incredible amount of talent at the college level this year, the 2012 Naismith Player of the Year is truly anybody’s for the taking,” said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director. “We’re excited to be a part of such an historic year in college basketball and look forward to crowning the best player in college basketball in April.”

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 last year’s winner, Jimmer Fredette. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s player of the year.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.  

2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:


Last

First

School

Class

Position

Abromaitis

Tim

Notre Dame

GS

F

Barnes

Harrison

North Carolina

So

F

Barton

Will

Memphis

So

G

Beal

Bradley

Florida

Fr

G

Buford

William

Ohio State

Sr

G

Craft

Aaron

Ohio State

So

G

Davis

Anthony

Kentucky

Fr

F

Denmon

Marcus

Missouri

Sr

G

Drummond

Andre

Connecticut

Fr

C

Ezeli

Festus

Vanderbilt

Sr

C

Gibbs

Ashton

Pitt

Sr

G

Glover

Michael

Iona

Sr

F

Gordon

Drew

New Mexico

Sr

F

Green

Draymond

Michigan State

Sr

F

Green

JaMychal

Alabama

Sr

F

Hardaway Jr.

Tim

Michigan

So

G

Harris

Elias

Gonzaga

Jr

F

Henson

John

North Carolina

Jr

F

Holloway

Tu

Xavier

Sr

G

Hummel

Robbie

Purdue

Sr

F

Jackson

Joe

Memphis

Jr

G

Jenkins

John

Vanderbilt

So

G

Johnson

Orlando

UC Santa Barbara

Sr

G

Johnson-Odom

Darius

Marquette

Sr

G

Jones III

Perry

Baylor

So

F

Jones

Terrence

Kentucky

So

F

Jones

Kevin

West Virginia

Sr

F

Joseph

Kris

Syracuse

Sr

F

Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael

Kentucky

Fr

F

Lamb

Jeremy

Connecticut

So

G

Marshall

Kendall

North Carolina

So

G

McCallum

Ray

Detroit

So

G

McDermott

Doug

Creighton

So

F

Middleton

Khris

Texas A&M

Jr

F

Miller

Quincy

Baylor

Fr

F

Nelson

Reeves

UCLA

Jr

F

Nicholson

Andrew

St. Bonaventure

Sr

F

Oriakhi

Alex

Connecticut

Jr

C

Rivers

Austin

Duke

Fr

G

Robinson

Thomas

Kansas

Jr

F

Ross

Terrence

Washington

So

G

Shurna

John

Northwestern

Sr

F

Siva

Peyton

Louisville

Jr

G

Smith

Joshua

UCLA

So

C

Sullinger

Jared

Ohio State

So

C

Taylor

Jordan

Wisconsin

Sr

G

Taylor

Jeffery

Vanderbilt

Sr

G/F

Teague

Marquis

Kentucky

Fr

G

Young

Patric

Florida

So

F/C

Zeller

Tyler

North Carolina

Sr

F

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.

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