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50th Anniversary Naismith Trophy Watch List Released

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The Citizen Naismith Trophy 2017-18 50 player preseason watch list was revealed on Thursday. The Naismith Trophy recognizes the nations top player. This years season will culminate with the 50th presentation of the award on April 1, 2018. A list of the midseason 30 team will be released on Feb. 14, 2018.

“We are proud to recognize our former winners during this special season, and reflect on the heritage and tradition of the past 50 years,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, in a release. “There are tremendously talented candidates vying to win the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy and that process starts today.”

  • Jaylen Adams Sr. – G – St. Bonaventure – Atlantic 10
  • Deng Adel – Jr. – F – Louisville – ACC
  • Rawle Alkins – So. – G – Arizona – Pac-12
  • Grayson Allen – Sr. – G – Duke – ACC
  • KeVaughn Allen – Jr. – G – Florida – SEC
  • Deandre Ayton – Fr. – F – Arizona – Pac-12
  • Marvin Bagley III – Fr. – F – Duke – ACC
  • Mohamed Bamba – Fr. – F – Texas – Big 12
  • Joel Berry II – Sr. – G – UNC – ACC
  • Trevon Bluiett – Sr. – G – Xavier – BIG East
  • Bennie Boatwright Jr. – F – USC – Pac-12
  • Miles Bridges – So. – G/F – Michigan State – Big Ten
  • Bruce Brown – So. – G – Miami – ACC
  • Jalen Brunson Jr. – G – Villanova – BIG EAST
  • Jeffrey Carroll Sr. – G – Oklahoma State – Big 12
  • Jevon Carter Sr. – G – West Virginia – Big 12
  • Wendell Carter Jr. – Fr. – F – Duke – ACC
  • Bonzie Colson Sr. – F – Notre Dame – ACC
  • Mike Daum Jr. – F – South Dakota State – Summit League
  • Tyler Davis Jr. – C – Texas A&M – SEC
  • Angel Delgado – Sr. – C – Seton Hall – BIG EAST
  • Hamidou Diallo – Fr. – G – Kentucky – SEC
  • Trevon Duval – Fr. – G – Duke – ACC
  • Vince Edwards – Sr. – F – Purdue – Big Ten
  • Matt Farrell – Sr. – G – Notre Dame – ACC
  • Marcus Foster – Sr. – G – Creighton – BIG EAST
  • Devonte’ Graham – Sr. – G – Kansas – Big 12
  • Ethan Happ Jr. – F – Wisconsin – Big Ten
  • Aaron Holiday Jr. – G – UCLA – Pac-12
  • Chandler Hutchison – Sr. – G – Boise State – Mountain West
  • Justin Jackson – So. – F – Maryland – Big Ten
  • Kevin Knox – Fr. – F – Kentucky – SEC
  • Jock Landale – Sr. – C – St. Mary’s – WCC
  • Kelan Martin – Sr. – F – Butler – BIG EAST
  • Nate Mason – Sr. – G – Minnesota – Big Ten
  • Yante Maten – Sr. – F – Georgia – SEC
  • Bryant McIntosh – Sr. – G – Northwestern – Big Ten
  • Jordan McLaughlin – Sr. – G – USC – Pac-12
  • Chimezie Metu – Jr. – F – USC – Pac-12
  • Shake Milton – Jr. – G – SMU – American Athletic
  • Malik Newman – So. – G – Kansas – Big 12
  • Michael Porter Jr. – Fr. – F – Missouri – SEC
  • Collin Sexton – Fr. – G – Alabama – SEC
  • Landry Shamet – So. – G – Wichita State – American Athletic
  • Reid Travis – Sr. – F – Stanford – Pac-12
  • Allonzo Trier – Jr. – G – Arizona – Pac-12
  • Moritz Wagner – Jr. – F – Michigan – Big Ten
  • Nick Ward – So. – F – Michigan State – Big Ten
  • Jonathan Williams – Sr. – F – Gonzaga – WCC
  • Robert Williams – So. – F – Texas A&M – SEC

Duke, who holds the all-time record with seven Naismith Trophy Winners, tops this years watch list with four players. Overall, the ACC has nine represented on this years Watch List, the Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC each have eight.

Full release here.

 

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