The organizers of the Naismith Trophy have announced their early-season watch list for 2013-14 and six Big 12 student-athletes have been recognized. Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Perry Ellis (Kansas), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) were all included on the early-season listing. The six players listed ranks fourth among all conferences.
The Naismith 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.
|Jahii Carson||So.||G||Arizona State|
|Aaron Craft||Sr.||G||Ohio State|
|Cleanthony Early||Sr.||F||Wichita State|
|Jerian Grant||Sr.||G||Notre Dame|
|Gary Harris||So.||G||Michigan State|
|Marshall Henderson||Sr.||G||Ole Miss|
|Alex Kirk||Jr.||C||New Mexico|
|James Michael McAdoo||Jr.||F||North Carolina|
|Johnny O'Bryant III||Jr.||F||LSU|
|Adreian Payne||Sr.||C||Michigan State|
|Glenn Robinson III||So.||F||Michigan|
|LaQuinton Ross||Jr.||F||Ohio State|
|Wayne Selden, Jr.||Fr.||G||Kansas|
|Marcus Smart||So.||G||Oklahoma State|
|Kendall Williams||Sr.||G||New Mexico|