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Six Big 12 Student-Athletes Named to Naismith Early Season Watch List
November 21, 2013

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.

Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List – Men’s Top 50
Jordan Adams So. G UCLA
Kyle Anderson So. G-F UCLA
Isaiah Austin So. C Baylor
Jerrelle Benimon Sr. F Towson
Jahii Carson So. G Arizona State
Semaj Christon So. G Xavier
Aaron Craft Sr. G Ohio State
Sam Dekker So. F Wisconsin
Spencer Dinwiddie Jr. G Colorado
Cleanthony Early Sr. F Wichita State
Perry Ellis So. F Kansas
C.J. Fair Sr. F Syracuse
Yogi Ferrell So. G Indiana
Aaron Gordon Fr. F Arizona
Treveon Graham Jr. G VCU
Jerian Grant Sr. G Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell So. F Louisville
Gary Harris So. G Michigan State
Joe Harris Sr. G Virginia
Andrew Harrison Fr. G Kentucky
Tyler Haws Jr. G BYU
Marshall Henderson Sr. G Ole Miss
Rodney Hood So. F Duke
Joe Jackson Sr. G Memphis
Cory Jefferson Sr. F Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick Sr. G Cincinnati
Alex Kirk Jr. C New Mexico
Doug McDermott Sr. F Creighton
Mitch McGary So. F Michigan
Jordan McRae Sr. G Tennessee
James Michael McAdoo Jr. F North Carolina
Shabazz Napier Sr. G UConn
Johnny O'Bryant III Jr. F LSU
Kevin Pangos Jr. G Gonzaga
Jabari Parker Fr. F Duke
Adreian Payne Sr. C Michigan State
Julius Randle Fr. F Kentucky
Juvonte Reddic Sr. F VCU
Glenn Robinson III So. F Michigan
LaQuinton Ross Jr. F Ohio State
Wayne Selden, Jr. Fr. G Kansas
Marcus Smart So. G Oklahoma State
Russ Smith Sr. G Louisville
Jarnell Stokes Jr. F Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon So. G Duke
Noah Vonleh Fr. F Indiana
Andrew Wiggins Fr. G Kansas
Kendall Williams Sr. G New Mexico
Chaz Williams Sr. G UMass
James Young Fr. G Kentucky
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