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Five Big 12 Men's Basketball Student-Athletes on Midseason Naismith List
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Five Big 12 student-athletes were recognized as top 30 candidates for the 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.

Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), DeAndre Kane (Iowa State), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) represent the Big 12 on the list. The league's five candidates ranks first among all conferences.

The Naismith Trophy was first awarded to the men’s college basketball player of the year in 1969.  In 1983, the Naismith Awards also began recognizing the women’s college basketball player of the year. The Awards further expanded in 1987 to honor the men’s and women’s college coaches of the year, the boy and girl high school players of the year, and, in 1988, the men’s and women’s college officials of the year.

In November of each year, the board of selectors, comprised of coaches, administrators and media from across the country, chooses the preseason top 50 “watch list”. In February, the Naismith voting academy narrows the list to the top 30 based on athletic performance. In March, the voting academy selects the four finalists who will go to the final ballot. The winner is selected by a board of selectors vote in conjunction with fan voting.

As the creator of the Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club was founded during the 1956-57 basketball season and has since been armed with the mission of promoting the continued support for the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting.

NAISMITH TOP 30

Full Name

Year

Position

School

Conference

Kyle Anderson

Sophomore

Guard-Forward

UCLA

Pac-12

Keith Appling

Senior

Guard

Michigan State

Big Ten

Cameron Bairstow

Senior

Forward

New Mexico

Mountain West

James Bell

Senior

Guard

Villanova

Big East

Bryce Cotton

Senior

Guard

Providence

Big East

Cleanthony Early

Senior

Forward

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Melvin Ejim

Senior

Forward

Iowa State

Big 12

Joel Embiid

Freshman

Center

Kansas

Big 12

Tyler Ennis

Freshman

Guard

Syracuse

ACC

C.J. Fair

Senior

Forward

Syracuse

ACC

Aaron Gordon

Freshman

Forward

Arizona

Pac-12

Gary Harris

Sophomore

Guard

Michigan State

Big Ten

Joe Jackson

Senior

Guard

Memphis

American Athletic

Nick Johnson

Junior

Guard

Arizona

Pac-12

DeAndre Kane

Senior

Guard

Iowa State

Big 12

Sean Kilpatrick

Senior

Guard

Cincinnati

American Athletic

Roy Devyn Marble

Senior

Guard

Iowa

Big Ten

Doug McDermott

Senior

Forward

Creighton

Big East

Shabazz Napier

Senior

Guard

Connecticut

American Athletic

Jabari Parker

Freshman

Forward

Duke

ACC

Lamar Patterson

Senior

Forward

Pittsburgh

ACC

Casey Prather

Senior

Forward

Florida

SEC

Julius Randle

Freshman

Forward

Kentucky

SEC

Marcus Smart

Sophomore

Guard

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Russ Smith

Senior

Guard

Louisville

American Athletic

Nik Stauskas

Sophomore

Guard

Michigan

Big Ten

Xavier Thames

Senior

Guard

San Diego State

Mountain West

Fred VanVleet

Sophomore

Guard

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Andrew Wiggins

Freshman

Guard

Kansas

Big 12

Chaz Williams

Senior

Guard

Massachusetts

Atlantic 10

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