Naismith Trophy Names Preseason Watch List
Pac-10 Conference Leads The Way With 12 Candidates

ATLANTA (Oct. 25, 2007) – Twelve representatives from seven Pac-10 conference programs headline the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T preseason candidate watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.  Led by UCLA with three (Darren Collison, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Josh Shipp), California (2), Stanford (2), Washington State (2), Arizona (1), Washington (1) and USC (1) also were represented.  North Carolina tied UCLA with three (Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson), and the ACC had the second-most candidates with seven. 

The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its pre-season criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for the 2007-08 season.  Seniors and juniors accounted for 17 apiece, along with 16 sophomores.  The list does not include incoming freshmen, although those student-athletes will be considered in the first vote in January, 2008.  The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s players of the year.

“The talent level is vast and far-reaching which indicates competition continues to grow at a high rate,” said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president.  “The winner of the Naismith Trophy can come from any conference and any class rank, as we witnessed last year with our first ever freshman winner, Kevin Durant of Texas.”

AT&T will continue to set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining this year’s winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging, fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25% of the final results – more than any other national college basketball award.

In January, the Naismith Trophy voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, will narrow its preseason list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March. Beginning in mid-February, CBS’ “AT&T at the Half” will feature a weekly Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention. In April, the Naismith Trophy winner will be recognized at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio.

Last year’s Naismith Trophy recipient was University of Texas forward Kevin Durant, who became the first freshmen ever to win the award.  Other notable men’s college player of the year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.

The pre-season Men’s candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Last

First

Position

Class

School

Anderson

Ryan

Forward

Sophomore

California

Arthur

Darrell

Forward

Sophomore

Kansas

Augustin

DJ

Guard

Sophomore

Texas

Beverley

Patrick

Guard

Sophomore

Arkansas

Brockman

Jon

Forward

Junior

Washington

Budinger

Chase

Forward

Sophomore

Arizona

Carroll

Jaycee

Guard

Senior

Utah State

Chalmers

Mario

Guard

Junior

Kansas

Claxton

Geary

Guard/Forward

Senior

Penn State

Collison

Darren

Guard

Senior

UCLA

Costner

Brandon

Forward

Sophomore

North Carolina State

Curry

Stephen

Guard

Sophomore

Davidson

Daniels

Will

Forward

Senior

Rhode Island

Dorsey

Joey

Forward

Senior

Memphis

Douglas-Roberts

Chris

Guard

Junior

Memphis

Ellington

Wayne

Guard

Sophomore

North Carolina

Gibson

Taj

Forward

Sophomore

USC

Gordon

Jamont

Guard

Junior

Mississippi State

Hansbrough

Tyler

Forward

Junior

North Carolina

Hardin

DeVon

Center

Senior

California

Henderson

Gerald

Guard

Sophomore

Duke

Heytvelt

Josh

Forward

Junior

Gonzaga

Hibbert

Roy

Center

Senior

Georgetown

Hill

Lawrence

Forward

Junior

Stanford

James

Dominic

Guard

Junior

Marquette

Kemp

Marcelus

Guard

Senior

Nevada

Lavender

Drew

Guard

Senior

Xavier

Lawson

Ty

Guard

Sophomore

North Carolina

Lee

Courtney

Guard/Forward

Senior

Western Kentucky

Lofton

Chris

Guard

Senior

Tennessee

Lopez

Brook

Forward

Sophomore

Stanford

Low

Derek

Guard

Junior

Washington State

Maric

Aleks

Center

Senior

Nebraska

Maynor

Eric

Guard

Junior

Virginia Commonwealth

Mbah a Moute

Luc Richard

Forward

Junior

UCLA

McCauley

Ben

Forward

Junior

North Carolina State

Morgan

Raymar

Forward

Sophomore

Michigan State

Neitzel

Drew

Guard

Senior

Michigan State

Nivins

Ahmad

Forward

Junior

St. Joseph

Padgett

David

Center

Senior

Louisville

Reynolds

Scottie

Guard

Sophomore

Villanova

Rush

Brandon

Guard

Junior

Kansas

Shipp

Josh

Guard/Forward

Junior

UCLA

Singletary

Sean

Guard

Senior

Virginia

Speights

Marreese

Forward

Sophomore

Florida

Thabeet

Hasheem

Center

Sophomore

Connecticut

Wallace

Jonathan

Guard

Senior

Georgetown

Weaver

Kyle

Guard

Junior

Washington State

White

DJ

Forward

Senior

Indiana

Williams

Terrence

Forward

Junior

Louisville

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 has presented the Naismith Trophy 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 an emblem of excellence for the game, 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 overall contribution to the game.

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Contact:

Eric Oberman
Atlanta Tipoff Club
(404) 586-8506
eoberman@macoc.com



 

 

 

 

 

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