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Naismith Trophy Midseason Candidates Announced
Winner to be Revealed at the Final Four in Indianapolis

ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2010) – Just three months into the college basketball season, several programs are vying for supremacy as the top team in the nation.  The same can be said for the 30 student-athletes looking to win the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T after the midseason team was announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.  The Big East conference has seven players on the list, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with six. Two schools, Kansas and Kentucky, are represented by two players apiece.

The top 30 midseason men’s list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season.

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is the most prestigious national basketball award and is given annually to the men’s college basketball player of the year. This year, the award will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis.

“While several candidates have begin to separate themselves there are a number of whom still can win the esteemed Naismith Trophy,” said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president.  “The exceptional talent level across the country has greatly elevated college basketball which makes for an outstanding finish to such a tremendous season.”

As a presenting sponsor since 2005, AT&T has set the standard in fan participation in determining this year’s winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging, fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25 percent of the final results — more than any other national college basketball award.  

Beginning March 22, AT&T wireless customers — and sports fans on other wireless networks — will be able to text their votes for the player of their choice.  Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 3, 2010. AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, allowing even more fans to participate. Other wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate. Standard messaging rates apply.

“AT&T is proud to equip these avid college basketball fans with the ability to vote for what’s sure to be one of the most notable recognitions in these student-athletes’ lives,” said Jamie Kerr, senior manager, AT&T National Sponsorships. “We’re looking forward to hearing which deserving player the fans choose to take home this prestigious honor.”

CBS Sports’ “AT&T at the Half” features a weekly Naismith Trophy Watch, highlighting the men’s players in contention for the coveted award who have distinguished themselves throughout the season. On March 21, CBS will announce the four Naismith Trophy finalists during its first-round coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

2010 Naismith Men’s Mid-Season Candidates

Last

First

School

Position

Class

Aldrich

Cole

Kansas

Center

Junior

Aminu

Al-Farouq

Wake Forest

Forward

Sophomore

Anderson

James

Oklahoma State

Guard

Junior

Babbitt

Luke

Nevada

Forward

Sophomore

Booker

Trevor

Clemson

Forward

Senior

Bouldin

Matt

Gonzaga

Guard

Senior

Butler

Da'Sean

West Virginia

Forward

Senior

Collins

Sherron

Kansas

Guard

Senior

Cousins

DeMarcus

Kentucky

Forward

Freshman

Downey

Devan

South Carolina

Guard

Senior

Dyson

Jerome

Connecticut

Guard

Senior

Fredette

Jimmer

BYU

Guard

Junior

Harangody

Luke

Notre Dame

Forward

Senior

Hayward

Gordon

Butler

Guard/Forward

Sophomore

Hummel

Robbie

Purdue

Forward

Junior

James

Damion

Texas

Guard/Forward

Senior

Johnson

Wesley

Syracuse

Forward

Junior

Jones

Dominique

South Florida

Guard

Junior

Landesberg

Sylven

Virginia

Guard

Sophomore

Lawal

Gani

Georgia Tech

Forward

Junior

Lucas

Kalin

Michigan State

Guard

Junior

Monroe

Greg

Georgetown

Center

Sophomore

Pullen

Jacob

Kansas State

Guard

Junior

Reynolds

Scottie

Villanova

Guard

Senior

Samhan

Omar

Saint Mary's

Center

Senior

Scheyer

Jon

Duke

Guard

Senior

Turner

Evan

Ohio State

Guard/Forward

Junior

Varnado

Jarvis

Mississippi State

Forward

Senior

Vasquez

Greivis

Maryland

Guard

Senior

Wall

John

Kentucky

Guard

Freshman

Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton (UCLA), Larry Bird (Indiana State), Michael Jordan (North Carolina), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), David Robinson (Navy), Kevin Durant (Texas) and last year’s winner, Blake Griffin of Oklahoma.

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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.

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